How to Annul a Marriage in North Carolina
Upon the proof that a marriage happened, it is presumed that it was legally performed and resulted in a valid marriage. The burden of proof rests upon the person seeking the annulment to prove by the greater weight of the evidence grounds to void or annul the marriage to overcome the presumption of a valid marriage.
These are the grounds for an annulment of marriage in North Carolina:
- Marriage that takes place between relatives
- Marriage to someone under the age of 16 (though there are some exceptions)
- Marriage to someone who is already married
- Marriage to someone who is impotent
- Marriage to someone who is mentally incapacitated
- Marriage to a woman who falsely claimed pregnancy
For example, if you learn your spouse was currently married when your marriage ceremony took place, your marriage is void. You can also seek to annul a marriage if you learn that at the time of your marriage your spouse was physically impotent, a minor, or that your marriage was to a person within prohibited degree of kinship (i.e. closer than first cousins).
Call 704-810-1400 to schedule a consultation with an annulment attorney from Miller Bowles Cushing. We can help you present your case to a court.
Other Divorce-Related Topics
North Carolina law provides for marriages to be annulled in some circumstances. The difference between a divorce and an annulment is whether the marriage was actually valid. Seeking an annulment attorney and getting an annulment decrees that a valid marriage never existed. Divorce ends a marriage that was valid.
If you believe you have grounds to annul a marriage, please contact Miller Bowles so we can provide you with a skilled annulment attorney in Charlotte today.
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