An annulment will allow you to declare and establish that your marriage was never legally valid, or should never have occurred. In an annulment, or a nullity of marriage or a nullity of domestic partnership, a court will declare that the wedding was not legally valid.

An annulment, therefore, even though it ends your wedding, is very unlike a divorce, which will establish that the marriage was legally valid, but is now terminated. Talk to a family lawyer in Los Angeles to learn whether you qualify for an annulment.

There are only a few grounds on the basis of which you can get a legal annulment of the marriage in California.

• You must prove that you and the other person in your wedding are actually close blood relatives.
• You must demonstrate that one party was already married to someone else, or was in a registered domestic partnership with another person at the time of the wedding
• You must prove that you were below the age of 18 at the time of the marriage
• You was demonstrate that one party was of unsound mind at the time of the marriage
• You must prove that the marriage was the result of fraud
• You must demonstrate that the wedding was the result of force or coercion
• You must prove that your spouse is physically incapable of consummating the wedding and continues to be physically incapable of doing so

The burden of proof on you to prove that any of these criteria are true in your case is heavy. In fact, it is actually easier for you to divorce than to prove that your marriage was invalid. You cannot simply state that you and your spouse have irreconcilable differences, and now want to get an annulment. With an annulment, you are trying to prove that the wedding should never have occurred in the first place.

Speak to a family lawyer in Los Angeles for help getting an annulment.