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Grounds for Annulment

An annulment is similar to a divorce in that the legal relationship created by marriage is ended. There is one important difference between the two, however. When a marriage is annulled, it is officially treated as though it never existed. A person whose marriage has been annulled can claim to have never been married for tax purposes, or on other official documents.

In North Carolina, a marriage can only be annulled in certain, very specific circumstances. If you are interested in having your marriage annulled, the Raleigh divorce lawyers at Marshall & Taylor PLLC can help you determine whether or not you are eligible. Call us today at (919) 833-1040.

Voidable Marriages

If a married couple has grounds for annulment, their marriage is called “voidable” by the courts. A marriage is voidable if:

  • The husband and wife are more closely related than first cousins
  • The husband and wife are double first cousins (when two siblings marry two other siblings)
  • The husband had been diagnosed with chronic medical impotency at the time of marriage
  • Either party was mentally incompetent to enter a legal contract at the time of marriage
  • The husband or wife was under the age of 16 at the time of the marriage

There is an important exception to the last item on this list. If a child between the ages of 14 and 16 becomes a parent, a judge may issue a court order allowing him or her to marry the child’s other parent. If this occurs, the marriage will no longer be voidable on these grounds.

If you are interested in annulment, and you believe your marriage meets one or more of the criteria above, our Raleigh marriage annulment lawyers can help you decide what steps to take next.

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If you are interested in ending your marriage, whether through divorce or annulment, you need clear information about your rights and options. To discuss your case with a knowledgeable Raleigh divorce lawyer, contact Marshall & Taylor PLLC at (919) 833-1040.