An Annulment and a Divorce are very different in California. If granted, an Annulment is as if the marriage never took place. Due to this difference, an Annulment requires grounds whereas a Divorce does not.Annulment Attorneys can advise you as to whether you have grounds for an Annulment. A typical ground is fraud that goes to the heart of the marriage. An example of this would be if the purpose of the marriage was to gain immigration status. There are other grounds.
It’s a good idea to have a consultation with a Divorce Lawyer to determine your legal options. In either case, your spouse will need to be served. If an annulment is opposed by your spouse, it is usually not granted.