A nullity of marriage, also known as an annulment or nullity of domestic partnership, is a process which invalidates a marriage or domestic partnership. The effect of annulment is that the relationship never legally existed. This is different from a divorce or domestic partnership dissolution, which dissolve or terminate a legally recognized relationship through court order.
A person WILL be granted a nullity by a California judge for reasons including:
A person MAY be granted a nullity by a California judge for reasons including:
A nullity declares a marriage or domestic partnership invalid, but it is not granted automatically or easily. While many people associate annulments with religion, a nullity of marriage is a legal process which must be approved by a court based on specific criteria.
There are a few reasons someone may want to file for a nullity as opposed to a divorce. One of the main reasons that people seek a nullity as opposed to a divorce is for religious purposes. Some religious cultures do not favor divorce, but offer estranged couples a way to end a marriage through annulment. However, there are also legal reasons to support an annulment, the primary one being that annulments have less serious long-term consequences than a divorce.
If you are interested in seeking a marriage or partnership nullity, the attorneys at Cianci Law, PC can advise and represent you. There are specific timelines individuals must adhere to in order to receive a nullity from a court. Using our experience in this lesser-known area of family law, we can assess your situation, help you understand whether you qualify for nullity, and facilitate an effective legal solution that makes the most sense for you.
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