To most people, an annulment is just an easier and quicker way to end a marriage than to have to go through the stigma and stress of getting divorced.The purpose of this article is to dispel some of the myths about marriage annulment in North Carolina and give some instances when an annulment would and would not be appropriate.
If you enter into a bigamous marriage, you don’t technically need to get annulled, although it may be a good idea – just to save you heartache and potential confusion from a future spouse later on.If either spouse was over 18, but not yet 21, and got married without parental consent, the marriage can be annulled if the parties no longer lived together as husband and wife once the spouse turned 21.Articles 35 to 38 set the conditions that void an existing marriage.Whether someone qualifies for Marriage Annulment in North Carolina is a frequent question I receive, and a frequent source of confusion.The issue of annulment comes up most frequently when people have been married only a very short period of time and therefore they think that they would qualify for an annulment in North Carolina rather than have to wait out the one year separation period to get a divorce in North Carolina.So no, you can’t marry your cousin – in North Carolina anyway.
Marrying a parent, sibling, or other close relative is also a bad idea and would be grounds for an annulment.
Unfortunately, if you got married, moved in with someone, and then found out about all their nasty secrets that they kept hidden while you were dating and engaged, it doesn’t qualify you for an annulment.
(A divorce from bed and board may be a possibility, however.) Whether or not you are eligible for a marriage annulment in North Carolina is going to be governed by statute and case-law.
Before I go any further, however, you should know that most attorneys (myself included) will go their entire careers without ever handling an annulment case.
The fact is that very few cases actually qualify for an annulment in North Carolina.
Philippine law doesn't allow divorces, however, it does allow for legal separation, annulment and marriage "voids" under the Family Code of the Philippines.