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Pam Anderson Files Annulment Papers on Rick Salomon Marriage

Posted on Feb 27, 2008 in Celebrity Justice

Pam Anderson married Paris Hilton's exboyfriend (and Shannon Doherty's ex-husband) last October, and now she's filed suit, asking a court to annul her marriage to Rick Salomon. Remember annulment?  That's what Renee Zellweger got from Kenny Chesney awhile back. So, what's the difference between an annulment and a divorce?  Should you seek an annulment? The answer to this question depends upon the state you're in - state law is not the same from state to state.  However, as a general rule remember that annulments aren't really an option for you: the law prefers to find a marriage existed and then ended by divorce, rather than erasing the fact that the marriage was begun in the first place. A legal divorce recognizes the union, and terminates it.  An annulment erases the marriage: it is as if the wedding, and the marriage, never happened.  A divorce archives the file; an annulment deletes it. Usually, there are strict time limits for filing for an annulment and a limited number of legal bases.  A common legal ground for annulment is that either the bride or groom was underage and without parental consent at the time of the marriage.  Another common ground is that one or both parties were under the influence of intoxicating substances at the time (think Ross and Rachel in Vegas that time). Pam Anderson and Renee Zellweger both filed for annulment based upon the legal ground of fraud.  Both asked for private resolution of the matter; we've never known the factual basis for Renee's request and we probably won't know the facts supporting Pam's, either. Fraud?  For purposes of annulment, it means that someone made a promise before the marriage that was never intended to be performed (example:  "I want kids"), or someone represented facts to be true that were false (they lied) for the express purpose of getting the other person to marry them - this has to be a Very Big Lie that is Very Important to the Marriage.  Example of a big lie that doesn't get you an annulment: "I wasn't married before."  Big lie that may get you an annulment:  "I tested negative for AIDS." If you have been married for a short period of time, and think you were hoodwinked in some way, then check with a local attorney who specializes in divorce law.  Annulments can be obtained, and you may have the right facts to fit the law in your jurisdiction.�

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