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Pamela Anderson Files for Divorce for the Third Time…From the Same Guy

Pamela Anderson has filed for divorce from her husband, Rick Salomon….again.   This will now be the third time Pamela has filed for divorce from Rick with their first marriage ending in an annulment.

“According to docs obtained by TMZ … the “Baywatch” babe separated from Salomon Tuesday and then ran to court Wednesday to file for the divorce.” The couple first married in 2007 with Pamela obtaining an annulment 2 months later. According to a 2008 article in People Magazine, the couple was married in Las Vegas during a 90 minute break between magic show performances that Pam was appearing in. According to TMZ the couple reconciled and remarried in January of 2014 and were together for 6 months before Pam filed for divorce. She would eventually call off that divorce only to recently once again file for divorce.

This story brings to light two interesting issues related to family law in California: 1. How do you get an annulment? 2. What happens to marital property in cases where the parties reconcile multiple times?

How did Pamela Anderson get an Annulment?

Apparently Pam’s annulment in 2008 was based on fraud. In California a marriage can be nullified based on fraud if that fraud induces the innocent partner into marriage. The fraud is generally a concealment or misrepresentation of some kind and might include a concealment of a pregnancy at the time of marriage, concealment of sterility, lying about a criminal record or immigration fraud—getting married only for immigration purposes.

In Pamela Anderson’s case, although both she and her then husband claimed fraud in court papers, neither elaborated on the specific facts constituting the fraud. The annulment was granted by the family court judge which means that at some point in the case, evidence of the fraud was presented. Annulments in California are not easy to get and the legal requirements are strictly adhered to.

What Happens to Marital Property in an “On Again Off Again” Relationship?

 Marital property is the property acquired by spouses during the marriage. During the marriage means from the date of marriage until the date of separation. There is only one legal date of separation for each marriage. The legal date of separation is defined as the date that the marriage is irretrievably broken and there is no chance for reconciliation. This means no counseling sessions, no sleeping together, no family vacations. Any of these circumstances would lead a divorce court judge to rule that the marriage is not yet over and that there is not yet a legal date of separation.

In a case where the parties separate and reconcile multiple times, only the final split counts. What this means is that parties to a marriage can separate for even years at a time, but if they reconcile at any point, all of the property acquired during the temporary separation is divisible as community property. If Pamela Anderson files for divorce, but then reconciles six months later without finalizing the divorce, then half of the property that she acquired for that six period belongs to her husband.

Divorce in California is complex. The decisions that divorcing spouses make in the midst of a split have serious consequences when it comes to the end result in the event that the divorce is eventually made final. If you are in a similar place, you need to understand your rights.  Divorce lawyer, John Griffith practices throughout the San Diego area exclusively in divorce and family law. He and his partners Catie Young and Amy Lass make up a team of skilled family law litigators and negotiators practicing in the San Diego area.

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