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NC Annnulment and “3 Weird Divorce and Breakup Laws” (From Findlaw Blog)

This Findlaw blog by Ephrat Livni, Esq., 3 Weird Divorce and Breakup Laws, refers to laws in Maine and Massachusetts because one ground for divorce in those states is impotency. In North Carolina, impotency is not a ground for a divorce but it is a ground for an annulment. Lawyers here have the same questions posed in that article about proof. NC Gen. Stat. 51-3 lists all of the grounds for annulments in this state:

All marriages between any two persons nearer of kin than first cousins, or between double first cousins, or between a male person under 16 years of age and any female, or between a female person under 16 years of age and any male, or between persons either of whom has a husband or wife living at the time of such marriage, or  between persons either of whom is at the time physically impotent, or between persons either of whom is at the time incapable of contracting from want of will or understanding, shall be void.

No marriage followed by cohabitation and the birth of issue shall be declared void after the death of either of the parties for any of the causes stated in this section except for bigamy. No marriage by persons either of whom may be under 16 years of age, and otherwise competent to marry, shall be declared void when the girl shall be pregnant, or when a child shall have been born to the parties unless such child at the time of the action to annul shall be dead. A marriage contracted under a representation and belief that the female partner to the marriage is pregnant, followed by the separation of the parties within 45 days of the marriage which separation has been continuous for a period of one year, shall be voidable unless a child shall have been born to the parties within 10 lunar months of the date of separation.

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