Does the State of California Formally Recognize Annnulments?

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Typically, marriage is considered a binding contract between two people. Of course, this contract can be broken when couples get divorced, but what happens when a marriage isn’t considered binding or recognized as legitimate in the eyes of the law from the start? There are various circumstances that may cause a marriage to not be seen as legally binding, and the solution, in many cases, is getting an annulment. Please continue reading to learn more about annulments, whether you can get an annulment in California, and how a Los Angeles annulments attorney from our firm can help you through the process. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What makes annulments different from divorces and does California allow them?

The primary difference between an annulment and a divorce is that while a divorce is the dissolution of a lawful marriage, an annulment is a dissolution of a marriage that was not seen as legitimate in the eyes of the law, something known here in California as a “void marriage.”

How do I know if I can get an annulment in California?

For a marriage to be considered a “void marriage” and for a person to get an annulment to terminate the “void marriage,” essentially making it as if the marriage never happened, they will have to prove one of the following:

  • One spouse was still married at the time of marrying another spouse
  • The marriage is polygamous
  • One spouse was incapacitated at the time of marriage
  • One spouse was forced to marry the other spouse through coercion or deceit
  • One spouse was below the age of consent when they were married
  • One spouse is married to a family member, such as their father or sibling

If you think you may qualify for an annulment or you’d like to learn more about how you can get one here in the state of California, please don’t hesitate to speak with our seasoned family law firm. Though no one wants to find themselves in a situation where getting an annulment is the best option, the truth is, it can set you free and allow you to move on with your life. If you have any other questions, give us a call today so we can listen to your story and get working on your case.

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