An annulment is a legal process used to declare a marriage void, as if it never occurred, while a divorce ends an existing valid marriage. Whether an annulment or divorce is better for you depends on your individual circumstances. Here at Ashley A. Andrews, APC we offer specialized annulment services to help make the process as smooth and straightforward as possible. We understand that annulment can be a complicated process and it can be difficult to find the right information or assistance. That’s why our experienced team is here to provide you with individualized advice tailored to your unique situation.

We specialize in reviewing legal documents for accuracy and providing accurate information about state laws, procedural steps, and court requirements for filing for an annulment in any state within the United States. Additionally, we work with clients from start to finish on their cases – from gathering all relevant documents necessary for a successful outcome through all necessary steps in obtaining a final court decision on your case.

Annulment vs Divorce

An annulment legally nullifies a marriage and declares that it was never valid or legitimate. A divorce ends a valid, recognized marriage by a court judgment and results in both parties being unmarried. Annulments can only be requested under certain conditions whereas a divorce is much more straightforward to file for and process.

Do both parties have to agree to an annulment in California?

When considering annulment or divorce, the decision is ultimately up to the parties involved in the marriage. In California, the state’s Family Code sets forth requirements that must be met before an annulment can be granted. In order for a court to grant an annulment in California, at least one of the spouses must have resided in California for at least six months and in the county where they file their annulment petition for at least three months prior to filing. In addition, marriages that are less than two years old can typically be dissolved by way of annulment rather than through divorce proceedings.

It is important to note that unlike in a divorce action, an uncontested annulment will usually not require either party to appear before the court as long as all required documents are submitted properly and on time.

Length of Marriage & Annulment Eligibility:

How long can you be married and still get an annulment in California?

To be eligible for an annulment in California, you must have been married less than 5 years before filing for an annulment. However, there may be special exceptions if other extenuating circumstances exist. It is important to note that each individual case is unique and must be evaluated on its own merit when determining annulment eligibility.

How long does it take to process annulment?

Once all documents have been submitted, processing times may vary from county to county. While the process of obtaining an annulment typically takes several weeks or months, it all depends on the complexity of each individual case. If you have any additional questions about your eligibility for annulment or which type of dissolution may be best for you, please contact us and we would be happy to discuss further details with you.

When it comes to representing our clients during their annulment proceedings, we pride ourselves on delivering quality service every time. We always put our clients’ needs first and strive to obtain favorable results in each case we take on. Our lawyers will do everything they can to ensure that your rights are respected and that the court is presented with the most accurate information possible so that you receive the best outcome possible in your annulment proceeding.


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