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Annulments

Annulments

Family Lawyer Serving San Diego, La Mesa, El Cajon & Lemon Grove

An annulment occurs when the courts declare that your marriage or domestic partnership is not legally valid. The courts will treat your marriage as though it never happened, as it was never legal. As a La Mesa family lawyer, I can help you navigate through the annulment process.

Reasons for an Annulment

A marriage is deemed legally invalid in all cases involving incest and when a spouse is already married or in a domestic partnership. The courts can also declare a marriage invalid if the party filing for the annulment was under 18 years of age at the time of the marriage. Overall, if you feel that your marriage was not legally valid and are seeking an annulment, I can review the matter to determine what options you have.

In addition to incest and bigamy, other reasons for an annulment may include:

  • One, or both of the parties involved were of "unsound mind" and, thus, unable to understand what was happening at the time of the marriage
  • Fraud, such as when a person is seeking a green card or fails to disclose that they are unable to have children
  • One or both of the parties were forced into the marriage
  • At the time of the marriage, one of the parties was incapacitated and unable to "consummate" the marriage, with the incapacitation being deemed "incurable"

How Long Do I Have to File for an Annulment?

The state of California has a statute of limitations to file for an annulment. The period of time in which you have to file depends on the reason for the annulment. For those who got married before the age of 18, you must file within 4 years of turning 18. For marriages where fraud has been discovered, the annulment must be filed within 4 years of becoming aware of the fraud. And in the case of "unsound mind," the individual, or a relative, must file before the death of either party.

If you would like a free phone consultation, please give me a call at (619) 304-8499. I serve San Diego, Lemon Grove, El Cajon, La Mesa, and the surrounding areas as a family law attorney.

Professional Help When You Need It Most

  • I treat my clients like family, not case numbers. My clients get the personal attention that their case deserves.
  • When you call my office, you get me! You will not be handed off. I live and breathe your case and I will be with you every step of the way.
  • As a mother of two, I understand it is important to do what's best for you and your family. You can trust, I will do just that for you.
  • I truly care about my clients and am here to help them with any legal matter they are facing.
  • I have your best interest at heart and in mind. I will patiently listen to what you want, need and value.
  • We will strategize and develop a game plan that will help you achieve your goals all while staying within your budget.

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