Annulments in California – Famous Cases
Annulments are a legal action wherein one party asks the court to enter a judgment that a marriage never existed. Annulments are also called “nullity” cases under the California Family Code. There are various legal grounds for the court to grant a nullity, which includes a marriage induced by fraud.
For a guide to annulments, click here.
Here are some annulment cases from well-known personalities and a brief discussion about the legal grounds for the request:
- Renee Zellweger and Kenny Chesney: The parties were married for only four months and Zellweger filed for a nullity based on fraud. They issued a joint statement that there was a miscommunication of the objective of the marriage at the start. Interestingly, a “miscommunication” about the objective of a marriage is typically not enough for a court to grant an annulment. There was be fraud that relates to something extremely important to the marital unit. For example, if a man convinces a woman to marry him saying that he wants to have children, but really doesn’t, that is fraud that rises to the level where a court will grant an annulment.
- Carmen Electra and Dennis Rodman: This couple married in Las Vegas in 1998 and nine days later, Rodman filed for an annulment citing fraud and unsound mind. Thereafter, the parties reconciled and then later divorced six months later. In Rodman’s petition, the basis for the “unsound mind” claim was that he was on a “bender” according to reports.
- Britney Spears and Jason Alexander: This was another Las Vegas marriage gone awry. Spears claimed that she “lacked understanding of her actions to the extent that she was incapable of agreeing to the marriage,” which means that she claimed she was either of “unsound mind” or more likely lacked the necessary “capacity” to enter the marriage.
Fact of the Day: Did you know it’s possible for a person to obtain an annulment judgment if that person’s believes that their spouse is dead, even though they are not?