Our readers may have heard the news that following a recent wedding in Las Vegas, actor Nicholas Cage is sought an annulment after only having been married for four days. While this might seem to be a story out of a movie or television program, the fact of the matter is that sometime a couple who quickly realize that their marriage will not last will seek an annulment rather than a divorce. This may cause people to wonder, how does an annulment differ from a divorce?
Deciding to end a marriage is a major life decision, and one that most couples do not take lightly. However, those in Virginia who have decided to divorce should know that they are not alone. Many people, young and old, divorce and sometimes remarry.
The number of couples in the U.S. who decide to end their marriage is on the decline for adults born between 1981 and 1996 -- also known as "millennials" -- according to some researchers. However, the fact of the matter is that some millennials in Virginia and across the U.S. will still decide to divorce. Younger adults are more apt to have a greater social media presence than older adults -- from Facebook and Instagram accounts, to Twitter feeds and accounts other social media platforms. These individuals may also be more likely to use online services to facilitate their divorce.
Not every marriage ends in bitterness and rancor. In the age of "conscious uncoupling," some couples in Virginia, while recognizing that their union is no longer tenable, still want to try to end things in a cooperative manner. These couples may find divorce mediation to be an attractive option.
Money can be a touchy subject, especially when times are tough financially. In fact, according to one study, of couples surveyed, 40 percent reported that debt negatively affected their relationship with one another. This could lead to breakdowns in communication and arguments regarding finances. In fact, a separate study found that married couples who often argue about finances were 30 percent more apt to end up filing for divorce than those who did not often fight about money.
On New Year's Eve, some couples in Virginia toast the occasion with a glass of champagne and a kiss. However, some couples are preparing to divorce and go their separate ways. However, they should be aware that in 2019 some significant changes in federal tax laws will go into effect that could impact certain divorce legal issues, including spousal maintenance and child custody.
Most Virginians know that one way to end a marriage is through a divorce. After all, even if they have not gone through a divorce themselves, it is likely that they know someone who has. However, there is another way to end a marriage in Virginia: through annulment.
Some marriages come to an end due to a specific act of one spouse. For example, one spouse may be unfaithful to their partner or may be abusive. While Virginia law does recognize several different specific fault-based grounds for divorce, it also recognizes what is coequally known as "no-fault" divorce. Per Virginia Code §20-91(9)(a), the requirements for a no-fault divorce differ depending whether the couple has children and on the length of time the couple has been separated.