Annulment

Navigate the Nuanced California Legal System

A marriage annulment may seem similar to a divorce at first glance, but in many ways it’s totally different. Unlike divorce, which legally brings your marriage to an end, an annulment means your marriage was never valid in the first place. It’s only possible in California under special circumstances. Because divorce and annulment are so different, it’s important that you explore your options with a learned attorney who understands the nuances of an annulment.

You may receive an annulment if:

  • The courts find that fraud or force was used to obtain the marriage.
  • The spouses were closely related.
  • One spouse was already married to another person when the second marriage occurred.
  • One spouse was physically or mentally incapacitated at the time of marriage.
  • One spouse was under the age of 18 and did not have parental consent.

Keep in mind that legal annulments and religious annulments are separate, and neither one has any bearing on the other. You may not be filing for divorce, but it’s equally critical to have a qualified lawyer to support you throughout the process. The experienced family law attorneys at The Grey Legal Group will be there in your time of need.

If you’re not sure whether your case warrants a divorce or an annulment, contact our family lawyers today. We will gladly take the time to discuss your options and explain in detail anything you might not understand.