Divorces: Annulment and Marriage

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Divorces in the Bahamas
The lowest divorce rate in The Bahamas from 1975 to 2005 was in the year 1975. It was 0.5 per 1000 population. The divorce rate jumped in 30 years to 2.1 in 2005. There were only 99 divorces in 1975 as compared to 689 in 2005, thirty years later. Note carefully that the total number of marriage up until 1998 included residential and tourist marriages. It was in 1998 the Department of Statistics started separating the two figures (residential and tourist marriages). The marriage rate has not increased in 30 years. The marriage rate in 1975 was 5.6 per 1000 population.  The marriage rate in 2005 was 5.3 per 1000 population (30 years later). This is the lowest marriage rate in 30 years. This rate can suggests that the number of people getting married each year from 1975 to 2005 has not increased with the population growth. Divorce Rates in the Bahamas

Year| Divorces Granted| Divorces Filed| Divorces Rate Per 1,000 Population| 2000| 503| 592| 1.7|
2001| 461| 577| 1.5|
2002| 437| 556| 1.4|
2003| 324| 653| 1.3|
2004| 647| N/A| 2.0|
2005| 689| 684| 2.1|
2006| 683| 758| 2.1|
2007| 669| -| 2.0|
2008| 688| -| 2.0|

Annulment in the Bahamas
Annulment is a legal procedure for declaring a marriage null and void. Unlike divorce, it is usually retroactive, meaning that an annulled marriage is considered to be invalid from the beginning almost as if it had never taken place (though some jurisdictions provide that the marriage is only void from the date of the annulment. In strict legal terminology, annulment refers only to making a voidable marriage null; if the marriage is void ab initio, then it is automatically null, although a legal declaration of nullity is required to establish this. The process of obtaining such a declaration is similar to the annulment process. Generally speaking, annulment, despite its retrospective nature, still results in any children born being considered...
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