Can I get an annulment in North Carolina?

An annulment is a court decree that voids a marriage. When a marriage is annulled, it is as if it never happened. It is available in North Carolina, but it is a complicated legal process with specific requirements that must be met. The length of the marriage is not a factor.

North Carolina allows annulments only under the following narrow circumstances:

  • The two who married are closer by blood relation than first cousins
  • The marriage was between double first cousins
  • Either of the two who married was under age 16, unless allowed by a court order due to pregnancy
  • Either of the two who married had a living spouse at the time of marriage
  • Either of the two who married was physically impotent
  • Either of the two who married was mentally incompetent or incapable of understanding the marriage vows. This may apply to one or both spouses being impaired by alcohol or drugs at the time of the marriage.


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