The first step toward marriage annulment is to ensure you make the deadline for annulment based on the statute of limitations. All annulment requirements have their own specific statute of limitations that you can learn more about here.
Next, you’ll need to fill out the appropriate forms for ending a marriage, which are the same forms used in divorce. Proving that you have a valid reason for annulment can be challenging, which is why even the state of California’s own informational resources advise that you speak with an annulment lawyer to determine whether or not you qualify for annulment.
Once all necessary forms are complete, make at least two copies of all documents and file the originals and one set of copies with the court clerk. California law requires your spouse or domestic partner is notified that you’ve started the process for annulment. To notify your spouse or domestic partner is to “serve” copies of all court documents. You must designate someone (other than yourself) who is 18 or older to serve your annulment papers. This person can be a friend, relative, county sheriff, or process server.
You can find clear, detailed instructions provided by the California court system for requesting or opposing an annulment here. If you have a partner who is requesting an annulment, you can find instructions for responding to an annulment here. Anyone who is served an annulment has 30 days to respond. After you receive a response to your request for annulment, you must attend a hearing. We recommend having an experienced annulment attorney on your side throughout the entire annulment process–especially the hearing. Our experienced attorneys take great care in speaking for our clients and making sure that they are represented with respect and dignity.