22 March 2011 0 Comments

When can a marriage be annulled?

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An annulment is the legal procedure that declares a marriage null and void - even though a ceremony took place.  It erases the existence of the marriage.  The marriage is considered invalid, as though it never took place. 

You must petition the court to declare your marriage void in order to be granted an annulment.  You must prove that one of the following conditions exists: 

·         One of the parties lied (i.e. regarding finances or wanting children)

·         Fraud – one of the parties lied about already being married or his or her identity

·         Lying about age – under 18

·         A person who cannot make rational decisions, is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or is proven to be insane

Once an annulment is granted by the court, it essentially puts you in the position of never being married. 

If you are thinking about an annulment, contact an experienced Riverside Family Law attorney who will discuss the details with you and answer any questions you may have.  There is a statute of limitations in California when a marriage can no longer be annulled and divorce proceedings may need to be instituted.

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