If you are legally married or have a domestic partnership, you may seek an annulment in California if you meet specific requirements and do so within a stated period of time. An annulment in California does not terminate the marriage in the same manner as a divorce. An annulment makes a legal marriage invalid from the time it was entered into, meaning that the marriage never legally existed.
Because the marriage never legally existed after an annulment in California, this creates very complex issues with regards to spousal support and your property rights. If you or a loved one is seeking an annulment, the experienced San Bernardino annulment attorneys at Wallin & Klarich will guide you through all of the complex issues involved in the annulment process in California.
Annulment in California
In order for you to obtain an annulment in California, one of the following circumstances must have existed AT THE TIME of your marriage:
- 1) You were under the age of 18 at the time of your marriage or domestic partnership;
- 2) You or your spouse/partner were already legally married or in a domestic partnership with another person at the time of your marriage or domestic partnership;
- 3) You were of an “unsound mind,” meaning that you did not understand what a marriage or domestic partnership is or the obligations that come with a marriage or domestic partnership;
- 4) You were deceived by your spouse/partner as to the reasons for the marriage or domestic partnership; OR
- 5) You were married or registered as a domestic partner because of force or threats of force by your spouse/domestic partner.
Because annulments can be very complex and there are time limits for the various circumstances for seeking an annulment, it is essential that you seek out the assistance of an experienced San Bernardino annulment attorney at Wallin & Klarich to assist you.
Annulment in San Bernardino based on Fraud
Under California Family Code 2210, an annulment can be obtained if you entered into your marriage or domestic partnership as a result of fraud. The fraud can be a misrepresentation or concealment by your spouse/partner that was vital to your relationship and also directly deceived you. California annulments based on fraud may be granted for, but are not limited to, the following:
- 1) You did not know that your spouse/partner was sterile;
- 2) Your spouse/partner concealed his or her intentions to not have children and led you to believe that he or she wanted to have children;
- 3) Your spouse/partner chooses not to end a sexual relationship with another person; OR
- 4) Your spouse only married you for citizenship purposes.
Determining whether or not you can be granted a California annulment based on fraud can be a very difficult and complex task and can impact your rights to spousal support and rights to the property of your marriage. With so much at stake, it is imperative that you seek out the expertise of the San Bernardino annulment attorneys at Wallin & Klarich to assist you in your decision to obtain an annulment.
San Bernardino Annulment Attorney
With offices in Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Victorville, West Covina, Torrance, and Sherman Oaks, the San Bernardino annulment attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have been successfully helping clients obtain annulments for over 30 years. Call us today at (888) 749-7428, to speak with a skilled San Bernardino Wallin & Klarich annulment attorney. We will be there when you call.