12 September 2012 0 Comments

Annulment versus divorce

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An annulment and a divorce are both legal processes used to end a marriage.

An annulment is granted by a judge when the marriage is proven to be illegal or invalid. This takes place if one of the parties is underage, already married to another person, or both parties are related by blood.  An annulment is not common in the state of California.

If you want to file for divorce, you must be a resident of the state for at least six months.  All property, assets and debts will be divided equally.  There is a six-month and one day waiting period before the divorce becomes final in most cases.

If an annulment is granted, it invalidates the marriage as though it never took place.  A divorce, however, ends the marriage.  With an annulment, there is no spousal support, but a party can ask for it in a divorce process.

If your marriage is coming to an end and you have questions regarding an annulment versus a divorce, contact an experienced Riverside Divorce attorney who will be able to answer these questions for you and help you decide what your best options are.

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