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Not all marriages in California legally end because of a divorce. There is another manner in which a marriage can be legally dissolved, and it’s known as an annulment. Annulment can be a complicated process and a result that’s difficult to obtain, but there are advantages to an annulment if obtaining one is appropriate. Anyone who finds themselves in this position should seek the immediate help of an experienced San Diego annulment attorney from Scott & Matteson. Below is a brief introduction to this process.
While divorce and annulment in California achieve the same result, namely the legal end of a marriage, there is an important difference between the two processes. A divorce involves the legal dissolution of a marriage, but in so doing the parties acknowledge that a marriage did take place. However, an annulment is basically a legal statement that a legal marriage was never in place and a declaration that the parties are not legally married. One of our San Diego annulment lawyers can help you determine which legal proceeding is correct for you.
Annulment can only be granted on certain grounds, which is another distinction with divorce, where no grounds need to be established in order for a marriage to be legally dissolved.
Specifically, an annulment can be granted for the following reasons:
There are advantages to an annulment for the parties involved in such a process if an annulment is attained. The most commonly asserted advantage concerns religious beliefs. Many faiths frown upon divorce, but annulments are not generally considered problematic for most large religions. In addition, if the marriage was never legal, then it helps the parties avoid many of the issues generally associated with a divorce that include spousal support, property division, and other issues.