Each state has particular regulations and codes determining which persons can be legally married within their jurisdictions and what marriages they recognize. The state of North Carolina recognizes eligibility to marry based on age, gender, and best interest of the parties involved in specific cases. Because of the gravity the decision to marry, specific laws are put into practice that define a legal marriage.
Marriage can be a challenging relationship and often marriage is not in the best interest of the spouses. If you are considering separation or divorce, it is important to ensure that the marriage you are part of was performed legally. If you believe your marriage is not legal and binding, you need experienced legal counsel in dissolving that relationship. Please contact the Raleigh divorce attorneys at Marshall & Taylor, P.C. by calling 919-833-1040 for more information.
What Constitutes a Legal Marriage in North Carolina
To be legally married in North Carolina, you must meet certain criteria. If these criteria are not met, your marriage may not be legally binding. Also, any prenuptial agreements may not take legal effect for various reasons. Legal marriage in North Carolina consists of the following:
- Valid consent between a man and a woman who may legally marry
- Performed by a legal magistrate or an ordained minister of any religion
- All unmarried persons, 18 years of age or more, may be legally married
- Any unmarried persons between the age of 16 and 18 may marry with the signed consent of a legal parent or guardian
- Signed and written consent is not necessary for unmarried persons between the age of 16 and 18 if the persons are legally emancipated
- Any unmarried persons between the age of 14 and 16 may be married with the signed and written consent of their parent or legal guardian
- No person under the age of 14 may be married
Ensuring that your marriage or prenuptial agreement was legally performed is crucial to your divorce proceedings.
For more information on legal marriage and its impact on divorce proceedings, please contact the Raleigh divorce litigation attorneys at Marshall & Taylor, P.C. by calling 919-833-1040 for more information.