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Palm Desert Annulment Attorney

annulments and nullity of marriage

California legal separations, divorce, and annulments each offer their own set of rules and guidelines for ending the marital contract that once pledged a couple to remain together through sickness and in health. An annulment in effect allows the parties to hit the "reset" button and thereby to nullify the marriage and all the legal obligations that would otherwise have accrued.

Annulments are entirely a creature of statute (the Family Law Act), and can only be granted upon a sufficient showing of the following grounds. The are also termed "nullity or marriage proceedings". Marriages can be void at their inception, or they can be voided at your election, depending upon your circumstances. In order to annul a marriage, the applicant must establish any of the following:

  • That the marriage was entered into as a result of duress
  • That the marriage was entered into by a person lacking the requisite mental capacity
  • Lack of assent to marry
  • That an inability existed to consummate the marriage
  • That one party lacked the legal capacity to marry, for instance because they were under the age of 18 and not emancipated
  • That the marriage is bigamous because a prior marriage of one spouse was not properly dissolved
  • That the marriage was induced by the fraud of one of the parties.

If you are looking for help filing for your Caifornia annulment, you should choose an experienced Annulment Attorney. Barbara E. Kristal will guide you through the necessary steps and ensure you meet all the requirements to successfully annul your marriage.


Rancho Mirage Attorney Barbara E. Kristal has over 25 years experience dealing with Family Law issues and brings a seasoned view to all cases. Her staff is ready to guide you through each step of the process. Please fill out our Family Law Interview Form and bring it with you to your first consultation.

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