While a divorce terminates a legal marriage, an annulment means that the marriage never existed legally.
To qualify for an annulment, a marriage must be legally void or voidable.
To be eligible for an annulment you must be able to prove one of the specific grounds to establish that your marriage is void or voidable.
How long do you have to get an annulment in California?
If you’re filing for annulment because you married when you were under the age of 18, you have to file for annulment within four years after you turn 18. If you are filing for annulment on grounds of bigamy, you or your spouse can file at any time while the spouse from the first marriage is still alive.
How much does it cost to file for an annulment?
Typical costs: Obtaining a civil annulment can cost $500-$5,000 or more, depending on whether both spouses agree on the annulment or if only one spouse is filing for annulment and the other spouse is difficult to find.
What qualifies for an annulment in California?
Steps to getting an annulment in California include:
- Signing the petition. To start the process of getting an annulment in California you must complete Form FL-100.
- Declarations for Annulment.
- Serve your spouse.
- Complete additional paperwork.
- Fie with the clerk.
- Attend a hearing.
How soon can I remarry after an annulment?
The procedures for an annulment are the same as for a divorce action except that a final judgement and decree can be granted thirty days after the opposing party has been served. After a court issues a final judgement and decree, you can remarry. Legally, it will be as if you were never married to your current spouse.
How much time do you have to annul a marriage?
There is generally no set time limit after which you cannot get a marriage annulled, but the grounds for annulment become harder to prove over time. Additionally, annulments are best suited for short marriages (usually weeks or months) because those unions generally do not involve joint assets to divide or children.
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