What’s the difference between a divorce and annulment ?

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In a seminar where I was a resource speaker for the topic “ Five languages of love”, I was asked this very delicate and controversial question :

“ Is it alright for two deeply devoted Christian couple get divorced?“

To be honest, I was tongue-tied for about 30 seconds before I was able to answer the question. In our country we do not have divorce but we have the annulment process to legally end a marriage.
What’s the difference between an annulment and divorce?

An annulment is a legal procedure which cancels a marriage between a man and a woman. Annulling a marriage is as though it is completely erased – legally, it declares that the marriage never technically existed and was never valid. Reasons for the approval of annulment are Bigamy , Forced Consent ( one of the spouses was forced or threatened into marriage ), Fraud , Mental Illness or incapacity (mentally ill or emotionally disturbed at the time of the marriage), Inability to Consummate Marriage ( Impotency) and Underage Marriage ( too young to enter into marriage )

A divorce, or legal dissolution of a marriage, is the ending of a valid marriage between a man and a woman returning both parties to single status with the ability to remarry. Divorce is more complicated than an annulment because each state has its own set of laws regarding divorce. I’ve learned that there are states that accepts a no-fault divorce . It allows the dissolution of a legal marriage with neither spouse being named as the “guilty party” . I stumbled a site www.EphraimLaw.com that offers a fast and uncontested Divorce in Virginia . Can you believe that in a matter of week Divorce can be completed? Yes, you can Visit here for more information .

Anyway, back to the question if two deeply devoted Christians can get divorce. I’ll write a separate for my answer will take thousands of words to explain it.


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