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Void vs. Voidable Marriage

When married partners decide that they want to end their relationship, there are typically a number of different options available to them. In rare cases, it may be possible to simply have the marriage annulled, which may be a simpler process than divorce. In North Carolina, void and voidable marriages are some of those which can be annulled. However, there is a significant difference between a void marriage, which was never valid, and a voidable marriage, which is valid but may have involved the impairment of one or both parties.

If you or someone you know is considering divorce and would like to know more about your full range of options, an experienced legal professional may be able to help. Contact the Raleigh divorce lawyers of Marshall & Taylor PLLC, today at 919-833-1040 to discuss the details of your situation with a qualified member of our legal team.

Types of Voidable Marriage

In the state of North Carolina, the only marriages that are inherently void are bigamous marriages. However, several other marital situations may qualify as voidable, including the following:

  • The married partners are closer than first cousins
  • One of the partners is under the age of 16
  • Either partner is physically impotent
  • The marriage was contracted under the false assumption of pregnancy, with certain restrictions

These and select other circumstances may be grounds for annulment of a voidable marriage.

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