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Marriage laws can affect your right to marry in North Carolina

If you think that marriage requirements are a little overwhelming, it can help to break them down. There are many things about marriage that can be complicated, from planning your marriage to working out the legal details. Once you understand what your state requires, then the steps for getting married are quite simple.

For instance, consent is important for both parties. Both people need to agree to the marriage and also understand what the marriage means to them in their lives. They should be under no false pretenses. Force can't be used to make someone consent to marriage, either.

Age is another important factor for marriage. For most states, you have to be 18 to get married without permission from a parent. However, in Mississippi, you can get married at 17 if you're female or 15 as a male. In Nebraska, the age of consent is 17 for marriage. In some states, you can be married earlier if you get your parents' approval. For most states, 16 is old enough to get married with parental consent. In some, the age limit is as low as 14 years old.

Both people getting married need to be of sound mental capacity. As long as both parties understand what the marriage entails and its nature, including things like financial obligations. Physical incapacity or the inability to have sexual intercourse doesn't always apply in this regard, and in itself won't nullify a marriage.

Our website has more information on marriage laws, so you can get married in a positive situation. Once you understand the law, your marriage can move forward smoothly.

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