Nevada Divorce Insights with Victoria Crockett
Nevada Divorce Insights with Victoria Crockett
Nevada Divorce Insights with Victoria Crockett

Nevada Divorce Insights is a forum where we discuss various aspects of the divorce or annulment process from the perspective of a paralegal with 20 years of experience filing with Nevada family courts.

Differences Between Annulment & Divorce

& Divorce

Annulments and divorces are very similar, but also very different. There are some important differences you need to know if you are not sure whether to ask for an annulment or a divorce.

Similarities To Divorce

An annulment case will also generally follow the same legal process as a divorce in terms of the steps involved to get a final decree.

Differences From Divorce

The major differences between divorce and annulments are:

No Nevada Residency Requirement

People who were married in Nevada can file for an annulment in Nevada; there is no residency requirement (a Nevada resident can also file for an annulment here regardless of where the marriage took place).

A Nevada divorce, on the other hand, can only be granted to a Nevada resident.

Legal Effect

An annulment treats a marriage as if it was invalid because there was some defect related to how or why the marriage took place. When an annulment is granted, it's as if the parties were never married because the marriage was invalid.


A divorce can be granted when the spouses are "incompatible," meaning, they just don't get along anymore. Neither spouse has to prove anyone did anything wrong to cause the divorce.

However, a spouse who wants an annulment must prove that one of the Grounds for Annulment existed at the time of the marriage. The spouse asking for an annulment has the burden to prove why an annulment should be granted.

Alimony (also called "Spousal Support")

Spouses who get an annulment typically cannot ask for alimony. An alimony award is generally based on the parties having a valid marriage.

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