Annulment Attorney in Ventura
What Is an Annulment?
Where a divorce ends an existing marriage, an annulment states that the marriage was not valid at any point. If granted, an annulment makes it so that legally, the marriage in question never existed. The process of getting an annulment is similar to that of obtaining a divorce.
However, there are many complex statutes of limitations that determine time limits on when annulments can be filed. Also, because being granted an annulment means your marriage never legally existed, there are serious financial and custodial ramifications that can arise and must be dealt with proactively.
Call us at (805) 804-9100 or contact us online and allow our attorneys to assist you during this complicated time. We have offices in Ventura and Encino to serve clients across Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties.
Grounds for Annulment
In California, the individual seeking an annulment is required to provide sufficient proof to convince the judge of the invalidity of their marriage.
The request might be granted if it can be proven that:
- The couple is related by blood
- One spouse forced the other to get married
- Either spouse is of “unsound mind”
- A spouse was legally married already at the time of subsequent marriage
- The one seeking an annulment was a minor at time of the union
- Either spouse committed fraud to secure the marriage
- A spouse has an “incurable physical incapacity”
Why Would an Annulment be Denied?
The denial of an annulment request can occur due to various reasons:
Lack of Legal Grounds: Each jurisdiction has its own set of legal grounds for granting an annulment. If the petitioner fails to meet the specific requirements set forth by the law, the court may deny the annulment petition.
Delay in Filing: Annulments often have time limits or statutes of limitations, which means that the petition must be filed within a certain timeframe after the discovery of the grounds for annulment. If the petitioner waits too long to file the request, the court may reject it.
Waiver or Ratification: If the petitioner continues to cohabit with their spouse or engages in behavior that indicates they have accepted the marriage, the court may view it as a waiver or ratification of the grounds for annulment.
Procedural Errors: Failing to follow the correct legal procedures, submitting incomplete documents, or lacking proper evidence to support the claim can lead to a denial of the annulment petition.
Collusion or Fraud: If the court suspects that the parties are colluding to obtain an annulment based on false grounds or fraudulent information, the annulment may be denied.
Condonation: If the petitioner forgives or condones the actions that would have provided grounds for annulment, the court may reject the petition.
It is essential to consult with an experienced family lawyer when seeking an annulment to ensure that all legal requirements are met and increase the chances of a successful outcome. The laws surrounding annulments can be complex, and a knowledgeable attorney can provide guidance and representation throughout the process.
Our Firm Is Ready to Fight for You
While obtaining an annulment can provide the solution you are searching for to dissolve a marriage you feel should never have happened, the process is complicated and can involve far-reaching risks. It is of vital importance that you seek legal counsel that has experience dealing with annulments and can advise you through every step of the process. Our Ventura annulment lawyers at Zahn Law Offices, APC are committed to providing you with quality legal service at reasonable rates.
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