Annulment Lawyer in Riverside
California Annulment Laws
An annulment is the process of terminating a marriage, but unlike a divorce,
after an annulment is finalized the marriage will be considered void,
as if it never existed. No record of the marriage will be filed on public
records. Divorce, on the other hand, is the dissolution of marriage, and
the fact that the marriage existed will be kept on file with the court,
available for inspection should anyone seek the information.
If you are in search of an annulment, a divorce lawyer can assist in determining
whether you qualify to file for one based on state laws. The legal professionals
Hanson, Gorian, Bradford & Hanich have handled thousands of cases
over a combined total of more than 50 years. Because Attorney Danica Hanich
is Board Certified in Family Law, we can confidently say that we are prepared
to counsel you in the most complex cases.
Contact us to discuss your case with a Riverside annulment attorney.
Grounds for an Annulment
Not all couples who apply for an annulment will be granted one. To be granted
an annulment, a couple must meet at least one of the following circumstances:
Underage marriage: This means that at the time of the marriage, one of the spouses was under
the age of 18 & had not received parental consent.
Previously Existing Marriage: Also known as "bigamy," a person cannot enter into another marriage
if they are still legally, and knowingly, involved in a previous domestic
Coercion: A marriage may be voided if one of the spouses was coerced and/or manipulated
into the marriage in the first place.
Physical Incapacity: If one spouse is unable to consummate the marriage, this may be grounds
to void the partnership.
Forced Marriage: This includes any verbal threats and/or physical harm that were used to
force someone into marriage.
Fraudulent Marriage: This can include any deception in regard to significant circumstances
during the marriage.
Incestuous Marriage: If the spouses are directly related by a close bloodline, this is an illegal
form of marriage under the law.
Unsound Mind: If at the time of the marriage either party was unable to understand what
was happening and what would happen as a result of the marriage.
Fraud: This is also ground for divorce, but fraud in the case of annulment had
to do with a factor vital to the marriage relationship. Just as an example,
marriage for the purpose of obtaining residency or marriage without telling
the other partner they have an inability to have children may be considered fraud.
How Long Do I Have to File for an Annulment?
There is a statute of limitation for annulments in the state of California.
Think of this as a deadline, after which point you are no longer able
to file. If you pass this time limit, then you will still be able to file for
There is no one time limit for annulments in this state, but rather they
shift based on the reason behind the annulment. If the person was under
the age of 18 at the time of marriage then they must file within four
years after their 18
th birthday. A parent or guardian also has the authority to file for an annulment
on their child's behalf before their 18
th birthday. If there was a previously existing marriage, the limit is extended
as long as the previous marriage is still intact. For unsound mind, the
statute is any time before death. In cases of fraud, an individual has
four years from the date they discovered the fraud. The same limit goes
for cases of force or physical incapacity.
Consult a Firm with 50+ Years of Shared Experience
If you are considering filing for an annulment, consult a Riverside annulment
attorney from our firm, as annulments are not easy to obtain. We would
be happy to review your case to determine if you qualify for an annulment
under state law. Our goal is to help our clients achieve their objectives,
so if you do not qualify we can discuss your other options, such as filing
for divorce or legal separation.