Williams & Javellana, LLP

Chico Annulment Lawyer

Annulment Cases

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Couples who live in the state of California and no longer wish to be married have a few options available which will terminate the marriage. One of those options is an annulment, a legal action which nullifies the marriage. It is similar to a divorce, in the fact that your marital status is affected by it but in the eyes of the law, a divorce ends a marriage which was legally binding while an annulment declares that a marriage never existed. If you have any questions about the annulment process, you can contact Williams & Javellana, LLP for more information. We can provide you with the information that you need and assist you through the annulment process.

The laws that govern annulment may vary from one state to another. In the state of California, there are a number of grounds for which an annulment may legally take place. If you are petitioning for an annulment, it is up to you to prove to the judge that one of the reasons for the annulment existed at the time that the marriage vows were exchanged. If the judge feels as if you have not given sufficient proof, the annulment may not be granted. Here are some of the grounds for requesting an annulment in the state of California.

  • The Married Couple Is Related by Blood
  • Fraud Was Committed to Obtain Marriage
  • The Petitioner Was under the Age of 18 When Married
  • Bigamy
  • “Incurable Physical Incapacity”
  • Forced Marriage
  • Being Mentally Incapacitated, Including Severe Intoxication When Getting Married

Although annulments and divorce are different legal issues, the process of getting an annulment is similar to that of getting a divorce. If you’re interested in filing for an annulment, you should contact Williams & Javellana, LLP to ensure that the paperwork is filled out correctly. If you are the recipient of annulment papers, Williams & Javellana, LLP can assist you in responding properly.

As is the case with many legal issues in California, there is a time limit that is attached to the process of annulment. Legally, this is known as a statute of limitations. The amount of time that you have to file an annulment in California may vary, depending upon the reason why you are filing it. In some cases, such as fraud, being underage or physical incapacity, the statute of limitations is four years from the marriage date. In other cases, such as an unsound mind or bigamy, you can file at any time while the spouse is still alive.

Filing for or responding to an annulment can be a very difficult time in your life. Most of us are not equipped to handle the legal aspects of an annulment on our own. You can contact Williams & Javellana, LLP to help you through the process and to ensure that everything is done according to the letter of the law. It can help to put your mind at ease, as the legal counsel will be of assistance to you, both in and out of the court system.


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Gold standard for professionalism and ethics. Extremely knowledgeable and proficient in handling complex cases. Attorney Javellana took painstaking hours building a civil case, (co-ownership/property rights) and then he presented overwhelming evidence at trial. Mr. Javellana was on point for 3 days at trial where he tactfully asserted a powerful presence in the courtroom and systematically picked apart the defendents and he was quick to respond to the dirty trickery of the defense attorney with undisputable legal arguments. As a result of Mr. Javellana's detailed and powerful representation, the opposing side had no chance. Mr. Javellana was extremely organized and detail oriented throughout. Mr. Javellana won the case across multiple points and most impressively he obtained a permanent injunction against the opposing party. Additionally, Mr. Javellana, represented me with two other cases where his professionalism and his relentless tactical drive continued with successful results. I highly recommend Mr. Javellana. J.M
California June 20, 2015