Regardless of certain cultural and religious backgrounds, marriages do not always work out, even if a religion forbids or strongly discourages divorce. In these circumstances, having the marriage annulled (essentially erased) may be more desirable than a divorce. The benefits of an annulment include the following:
- It can appease the demands of certain cultures or religions that say divorce is forbidden;
- It erases all evidence of the marriage having taken place;
- It may be less expensive than most divorces; and
- An annulment is faster than a divorce.
An annulment can be finalized very quickly, compared to a divorce, because of the following:
- No need to distribute marital assets because there are virtually none;
- Child custody and child support will likely not be a concern due to the short duration of the marriage;
- Alimony or spousal support is not relevant; and
- In California, there is a mandatory six-month waiting period that both partners must have been living in the state, and three in the county, before a divorce can be finalized, under California law. This is another reason to consider an annulment, if at all possible, because there is no mandatory wait time.
However, there must be specific circumstances within the marriage for it to be annulled, and the marriage must have taken place fairly recently. A San Jose annulment attorney can help answer any of your questions surrounding divorce or annulment. Below are some reasons that would legally justify an annulment....