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No divorce, but an annulment request from Nicholas Cage

Some Pennsylvania residents know falling in love can be fun, and that feeling can lead a person into making certain decisions he or she would never make otherwise. When a relationship progresses quickly into marriage, however, not getting to know each other before tying the knot can lead to disaster, namely divorce. Actor Nicholas Cage feels like he acted in haste as he entered his most recent union and is now asking not for a divorce, but for an annulment.

Court records show Cage and Erika Koike, a makeup artist, married in a quickie ceremony on March 23. Just four days later, he filed for an annulment. He says they had been drinking and claims he was too intoxicated, both when they got the marriage license and when they said, "I do." He further states he was not capable of understanding the consequences of his actions at the time.

Although the two have been dating close to a year, Cage says Koike did not reveal to him another relationship, and also recent and prior criminal activity on her part. He is requesting that they each pay their own legal fees and that neither be given spousal support. His petition to seal the case was granted by the judge.

An annulment is basically erasing the marriage like it never happened. A divorce is often more complex, as there are usually assets and debts to divide, and custody and support decisions about any children have to be considered. As each state has its own laws for both circumstances, an attorney will be able to explain the rights a client has according to the laws of the state of Pennsylvania.

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