What is the difference between an annulment and a legal separation?

Asked on May 25, 2012 under Family Law, Kentucky


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

An annulment is the court’s decree that the marriage is void or that it  never existed.  A legal separation acknowledges that there is a marriage and that the parties wish to separate without divorceing as of yet.  People file for legal separation rather than divorce at times when say one party needs to be on the other's health insurance but they want to lead separate lives.  An annulment needs grounds.  A legal separation does not. I would suggest you seek lehal help.  Good luck.

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