While both an annulment and a divorce legally end a marriage, there are important differences when it comes to marriage annulment in San Diego. An annulment of marriage is a legal decree that a marriage is null and void. Divorce lawyers pursue annulments for their clients when the marriage was invalid from the beginning. For example, a marriage may be annulled if one party was already married to another person at the time of marriage. Because bigamy is illegal, the second marriage is treated as though it never existed at all. A more common reason for an annulment is fraud. For example, one party may argue that she only agreed to the marriage based upon the lies or misrepresentations of her ex. Divorce lawyers can also argue that one spouse never believed a marriage was valid. If your lawyer can prove that there was no good faith belief that the parties were married, you will be protected from paying any attorneys’ fees, spousal support, or splitting any assets. Learn more about this complex area of divorce law by consulting directly with a family law attorney.