San Diego Annulment Attorneys
Annulment is a frequently misunderstood legal concept. Misperceptions or religious beliefs can present different and often inaccurate views of what an annulment is or when the option is available. Annulments and divorces are similar in the sense that they restore one to being a single person. The difference between them is that divorce declares your marriage to be over while an annulment declares that your marriage was never valid to begin with and that it never happened. Annulments are only granted on very specific grounds and have nothing to do with the brevity of a marriage. Please contact the San Diego divorce lawyers at Huguenor Mattis, A.P.C. today at (858) 458-9500 for more information regarding the annulment process.
There are many reasons why one may prefer an annulment over divorce. The grounds for annulment, however, are very specific. One of the following criteria must be met to be eligible for an annulment in California:
- The couple is related by blood.
- One spouse was already married at the time of the second marriage.
- The person requesting the annulment was not eighteen years old at the time of the marriage.
- Either spouse perpetrated a fraud to obtain the other party's consent to marriage.
- The male spouse is impotent.
- One or both spouses is of "unsound mind," or were of unsound mind at the time of the wedding (for example, extreme intoxication).
- One spouse forced the other to get married.
The person who is asking for the annulment must provide proof that one or more of the above reasons existed at the time of the marriage. If you do not meet any of these conditions then you will still be able to end the marriage, but you will have to do so through either a contested or uncontested divorce.
Our office has extensive experience in annulments. If you are eligible for annulment, we will take the steps to establish your case. We will explain whether you have a valid reason for an annulment during your initial consultation. If appropriate, we will make an articulate argument to the court for why your marriage should not be considered legal. These steps may include taking sworn witness statements, gathering photographic evidence, providing medical documents, or producing email and written correspondence records. Annulments are difficult to receive, and you need the help of an experienced annulment lawyer.
Invalid marriages are relatively rare. If you qualify for an annulment, however, there are benefits to applying for one rather than a divorce. After an annulment, you may claim single status, and do not have to categorize yourself as "divorced." Huguenor Mattis, A.P.C., has handled numerous annulments in our 35-plus years of being family law attorneys in San Diego. We have the experience and the knowledge to help you ascertain whether or not you have a case for annulment. Contact our office online or by telephone at (858) 458-9500.
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