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Pasadena Annulment Lawyer

Understand Your Options for Dissolving a Marriage

It is unfortunately common that a couple marries under false pretenses or unsound mind, only to be faced with the reality that the marriage was never meant to be. Fortunately, there are legal options for erasing this mistake and moving on to the next chapter of your life.

At Goldberg & Gille, our Pasadena divorce attorney can help you seek an annulment, which essentially declares that the marriage never even existed.

Attorney Christine Gille is board certified in family law, which means she possesses an expertise that few lawyers can boast. She is passionate about helping individuals and their families find resolutions to their legal matters. When a marriage turns out to be a mistake, Attorney Gille has the compassion and efficiency that you need to dissolve it. Contact us to learn more!

Annulment vs. Divorce

The primary difference between an annulment and a divorce is that a divorce ends a marriage, while an annulment treats the marriage as if it had never happened. This can be beneficial for a number of reasons, the most common being that one or both of the spouses have religious beliefs that do not accept divorces. However, there are other scenarios can lead to annulment.

Grounds for an annulment include:

  • If the spouses married under unsound mind or while intoxicated
  • If the marriage was not consummated because of one spouse's physical inability
  • If one spouse misrepresented a truth that was vital to the marriage
  • If a spouse was underage at the time of the marriage
  • If the spouses are blood related and the marriage is illegal
  • If one of the spouses was forced into the marriage
  • If one spouse was still married to another person, known as bigamy

If only one spouse is seeking an annulment, they must prove to the judge that one of these scenarios was true at the time the couple married. If a judge does not believe that any of these grounds apply, he or she will not annul the marriage and the spouse must file for divorce.

Understanding the Annulment Process

AnnulmentsThe California court system has specific statutes of limitation on different scenarios for requesting an annulment. For example, if the annulment is sought because you were underage, you must file within four years of turning 18 (the age of consent). Additionally, in cases of bigamy, the annulment must be filed before the first spouse dies. If you are filing on the grounds of fraud, you must do so within four years of discovery. If you are filing because your spouse is physically incapable of sexual activity or because you were forced into the marriage, you must do so within four years of getting married.

Finally, if the annulment is sought on the grounds of unsound minds, it can be filed at any time while you and your spouse both live. Annulments typically take less time than a divorce as they are generally sought by couples who have only recently married, meaning there are little to no assets that must be divided. Additionally, these new couples typically don't yet have children, which means there are no concerns about child support, visitation, or custody. However, in the case that children and property are involved, we can guide you through resolving each issue.

Gain Compassionate Legal Counsel

If you believe your marriage was a mistake that never should have happened, you may be able to seek an annulment. Since the grounds for an annulment and statute of limitations on filing can make it difficult to get a judge's approval, it is essential that you have expert legal advocacy. Our Pasadena divorce lawyer at Goldberg & Gille can help you close this chapter of your life.

Schedule your consultation online or by phone to get started!

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