Annulment is the legal way to be absolutely certain that your marriage is null and void. In North Carolina, an annulment will end a marriage that was not valid to start with. An experienced Winston-Salem annulment lawyer at LAWSMITH, the Law Offices of J. Scott Smith, can help.
Annulment is like divorce, except that an annulment indicates that a marriage was never valid, while a divorce recognizes that a marriage was in fact valid in the past. North Carolina courts do not grant every annulment request, and some couples will need to consider the divorce option.
If you want the state of North Carolina to say that your marriage was never legally valid – that is, that the marriage never “really actually” happened – then what you want is an annulment. However, obtaining an annulment in this state may not be as easy as many people may think it is.
WHAT MARRIAGES CAN BE ANNULLED IN NORTH CAROLINA?
Annulment is available to married couples in the state of North Carolina in only the narrowest of circumstances. A North Carolina family court may grant an annulment if:
- The spouses are double first cousins
- One spouse was under the age of 16 at the time of the marriage
- Either spouse was already married at the time of the marriage
- Either spouse was impotent at the time of the marriage
- Either spouse was coerced or intimidated into marriage or incapable of consenting to a marriage
WHERE CAN YOU TURN FOR HELP WITH ENDING YOUR MARRIAGE?
Proving that your marriage satisfies at least one of these conditions may be difficult, but an experienced Winston-Salem annulment lawyer at LAWSMITH, the Law Offices of J. Scott Smith, will have considerable experience helping clients who want to annul their marriages.
Before you choose to seek a divorce, you should seriously consider the annulment option. An annulment is usually less costly and less emotionally draining than a divorce, so if your marriage qualifies for an annulment, it is almost always the better option for ending the marriage.
But before you make a final decision about ending your marriage, it can’t hurt to seek sound legal advice from a reliable Winston-Salem divorce lawyer. If you are seriously considering a divorce or annulment, make the call to LAWSMITH and get that legal advice as soon as you can.
HERE’S HOW TO REACH US AT LAWSMITH
The legal team at LAWSMITH has built a reputation for excellence in the field of family law. We have successfully represented scores of North Carolina clients in divorce and annulment cases, and we are ready to represent you.
To learn more, call LAWSMITH, the Law Offices of J. Scott Smith, at 336-306-8644, or use the contact form here on our website – right now. We have offices in Winston-Salem at 250 Executive Park Boulevard, Suite 100, and in Greensboro at 204 Muirs Chapel Road, Suite 104.