Divorce v Annulment


Grand Rapids Annulment Attorney | Annulment Compared to Divorce in Grand Rapids Michigan

When you are facing a divorce and have questions about your divorce or annulment options in the Grand Rapids area, it is important to have the representation of a good divorce attorney.  Krupp Law Offices P.C. has been providing quality divorce representation for over 85 years.  If you have questions about the difference between divorce and annulment, call the divorce attorneys at Krupp Law Offices P.C. for a free phone consultation.  During your phone consultation, our attorneys will provide you with immediate answers to your questions and schedule a free initial appointment with one of our attorneys. 616-459-6636.

Annulment Compared to Divorce in Michigan

Divorce is a legal proceeding that ends a marriage. As part of the divorce proceeding, the court determines what assets and debts were accumulated during the marriage and what assets and debts were premarital or kept separate from the marriage. Assets and debts accumulated during the marriage are divided in a divorce judgment. The divorce judgment states the party’s final property rights.Michigan is a “no fault state”. As a result, you do not have to prove fault to get a divorce in Michigan. There is a 60 day waiting period for a divorce without children and a 6 month waiting period for a divorce with minor children.

In contrast, an annulment also ends the marriage by a determination that a valid legal marriage never took place.This can make a difference in property rights. As a finding of no valid marriage, each party gets the property they have and there is no property to be divided that was “accumulated during the marriage”. For example if the husband has 500,000 dollars in retirement accounts that accumulated during the marriage, in a divorce, the spouse would receive one-half or 250,000.00 dollars. In an annulment, a valid marriage never took place, as a result, the husband would keep the 500,000 dollars and the spouse would receive nothing. Most of the time, it makes little or no difference because the parties have been married for a short time and have not accumulated much during the marriage. In a long term marriage, it can make a substantial difference.Additionally, a person has to prove the basis for an annulment rather than “no fault”.In Michigan, a basis for an annulment can be proven by establishing the marriage was a result of fraud, duress, or non-consummation of the marriage (no sex after you say “I do”). There is no time period involved.You can be married for twenty years or more and still qualify for an annulment. Additionally, there is no waiting period.

Grand Rapids Divorce Attorneys

If you are facing a divorce, a good divorce attorney is not optional, it is a requirement! Our divorce attorneys can answer your questions with straight talk.  Having the right divorce attorney on your side can relieve your stress during this difficult situation.  Our attorneys have over 85 years of divorce experience.  Our attorneys have extensive divorce trial experience including property settlements, spousal support, alimony, child custody, and other serious divorce related issues.  Typical fees to retain attorney for a divorce case can range and from 1,500 dollars to as high as 5000 dollars.  Considering the seriousness of this life changing event, it is extremely important to retain the services of an experienced attorney in the area of divorce.

Krupp Law Offices P.C.is located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan and has the right divorce attorney for you.  We represent clients in all divorce matters throughout West Michigan, including the cities of Grand Rapids, Holland, and Grand Haven, and the counties of Kent, Ottawa, Allegan, Barry, Newaygo, Montcalm, Muskegon, and Ionia.

Call for a free phone consultation. Our office can help.

Christian G Krupp

CEO & Founder

Christian G Krupp II was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan.Chris attended Michigan State University and graduated in 1988.He attended Thomas M. Cooley Law School where he was a member of law review and one of the few students that had his law review article published.Christian Krupp graduated from law school with honors in the top ten percent of his class.His legal career started and Dykema Gossett, Michigan’s largest law firm.While at Dykema, he was involved in a diverse practice groups including the corporate, finance, and legislative areas.After leaving Dykema, Christian Krupp joined the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office.While at the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office, Christian Krupp gained valuable trial experience.He prosecuted many major felonies including Criminal Sexual Conduct, Possession with Intent to Deliver Cocaine, and numerous misdemeanors including drunk driving.After leaving the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office, Christian Krupp joined his parents’ practice and formed Krupp Law Offices PC in 1992.

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George Krupp

Creative Director

George Krupp was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan.He was admitted to practice law in 1961 and started practice in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1962 in the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office.After years of success in the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office in Grand Rapids, Michigan, George Krupp left for private practice where he has worked for over fifty years.Over his fifty years of experience he has represented thousands of clients in civil and criminal cases.His primary concentration has been in domestic (family law / divorce cases) and criminal cases.George Krupp’s experience in family law matters includes handling thousands of divorce, child custody, alimony, and paternity cases.With his years of experience, no one in Grand Rapids or West Michigan has handled more divorce matters and taken more divorce cases to trial.As a former Kent County Assistant Prosecutor in Grand Rapids, George Krupp has used his skills to defend thousands of clients in serious criminal matters and drunk driving cases.

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