26 June 2012 0 Comments

Filing for an annulment

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An annulment is when the court says your marriage is not legally valid; it is like your marriage never took place.

A marriage can be annulled when:

·     A spouse is already married

·     The couple are close blood relatives

·     One of the parties was under 18 years old

·     Either party was of unsound mind

·     Either party got married as a result of fraud

·     The marriage took place as a result of force

In order to get an annulment, you must prove that one of the above reasons is true.  There are statutes of limitations for asking for annulment, depending on the reason why.  Examples include, but are not limited to:

·     Age – must file within 4 years after reaching a8

·     Fraud – within 4 years of discovering the fraud

·     Force – within 4 years of getting married

With an annulment, you and your spouse cannot apply community property laws to divide any property that you accumulated during the marriage or request spousal support.

If you have questions regarding annulment, contact an experienced Riverside Family Law attorney who can explain and protect your rights, and advise you of your options.

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