Annulment Attorneys in Ventura County
Helping Clients Effectively Nullify a Marriage
Unlike other states, annulments in California are difficult to obtain. The stories of getting a quick and easy annulment after a “drunken” Vegas marriage or because one spouse cheated or became abusive, are simply untrue. At Morgan Law Firm, our attorneys can help you determine whether your marriage qualifies for an annulment or not and take the proper steps to obtain one.
Call or text our office today at (805) 644-8888 for a complimentary consultation.
Grounds for Annulment
In California, there are several reasons or ‘grounds’ a person may claim to obtain a marriage annulment.
These grounds are:
- The couple is blood related
- One spouse was married at the time of the current marriage
- One or both spouses was under the age of 18 at the time of marriage
- One or both spouses exercised the use of fraud to obtain the other spouse’s consent to the marriage
- One or both spouses was impotent or infertile at the time of marriage
- One or both spouses was mentally incapacitated at the time of marriage
- One spouse forced the other into the marriage
The spouse hoping to receive the annulment must provide evidence that at least one of the above-mentioned reasons is the reason for this legal action. If they cannot do this or do not provided enough evidence, they will have to end their marriage through divorce or an alternate divorce resolution.
How to Receive an Annulment
The annulment process is similar to the divorce process. However, there is a deadline or ‘statute of limitations’ that the party hoping for an annulment must file before or their case will not be heard by a court.
The deadlines depend on the reasoning behind the annulment and goes as follows:
- If the filing party was under the age of 18 at the time of marriage, then they have 4 years after they turn 18 to file.
- If either party was married at the time of the current marriage, then the filing party can seek an annulment while the spouse from the first marriage is still alive.
- If either party (or their relative) is filing due to one party not being of sound mind, then they have until either spouse passes away.
- If either party is filing due to fraud, then they must file within 4 years of the fraud discovery.
- If either party is filing because they were forced into the marriage, then they must file within 4 years of the marriage date.
- If either party is infertile or impotent, then they must file within 4 years of the marriage date.
Due to the complex nature of the ‘statute of limitations’, the help of an experienced attorney is strong advised in order to receive the best outcome.
Helping Our Clients Pursue Their Legal Goals
At Morgan Law Firm, our annulment attorneys are well-versed in all California laws and regulations surrounding this legal action. We provide all our clients with sound legal guidance and advice and will help you obtain the most positive outcome to your case.
Contact our firm online or call or text us at (805) 644-8888 to get started today!
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