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How does an annulment work?

If you're living in North Carolina and choose to end your marriage, there's a chance that you can get an annulment instead of going through a divorce. Laws within the state regulate marriages, so if your marriage meets the right qualifications, then your attorney can help you get it annulled.

Annulment invalidates a marriage and makes it as if it never happened. Some kinds of marriages are not allowed by law. These include marriages between double first cousins and bigamists. Same-sex marriages are now legal due to the overturning of laws by a federal judge.

The grounds for annulment include the following:

-- If a person is underage at the time of marriage

-- If the marriage is undissolved

-- If one partner is impotent

-- If there was a belief that the female was pregnant at the time of the marriage

-- If there was a lack of due consent before marriage

You can also seek out an annulment if you find out that your partner was previously married and did not get a divorce. It is not legal to get married to someone who is already married in the state of North Carolina, and if it's found to be the case, then your marriage will likely be seen as void in the eyes of the law.

Unlike a myth that has been popular for some time, annulment is not an option just because a marriage has not been consummated. Annulment is only really a true option when you can prove that your marriage wasn't valid to begin with.

Source: FindLaw, "North Carolina Annulment and Prohibited Marriage," accessed Oct. 29, 2015

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