We get this question a lot, so we figured it would be a good idea to have the answer right on our website! If we want to look at this in a simplified way, a divorce ends a valid marriage, while an annulment erases it. When a marriage is annulled, it’s treated as though it was invalid and therefore never legally existed.
Divorce can end a marriage fairly easily, and irreconcilable differences are accepted as valid grounds in Minnesota. Annulments, on the other hand, require very specific criteria to be approved. Basically, the marriage needs to be found invalid for an appropriate reason.
To successfully get an annulment, one of these factors needs to be proven in a court of law with witnesses, which makes an annulment harder to get than a divorce. In addition, annulments are different from divorces in that there is no division of property or spousal support
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