Hello, My name is Michelle. I have done a lot of research on my situation. I am in need of a simple Annulment. I made the mistake of getting married in Las Vegas. After returning home some time, I was informed that my divorce did not go through. The man I am trying to divorce refused to accept the papers and sign like we agreed. He did not tell me that we weren’t divorced until he new he could use it against me. Simply put. I am married to two people. That makes this a Bigamous marriage, and void according to the State of North Carolina. Even though some sites say that you don’t have to do anything, it is being used against me by the man I am so anxiously trying to divorce. So… Scott ( the Vegas marriage) and I need to get an annulment immediately! We will sign what ever papers need signing in order to get this in front of a judge. I have been told by attorney after attorney that I qualify, but they do not do annulments. How much will you charge me to fill out the papers and get me in front of a judge? This is first and formost… After that I need a divorce… We have been separated for 3.5 years, no marital property, one child… I JUST WANT TO DIVORCE HIM… he is verbally abusive, emotionally abusive, and we aren’t going to take it any more… after I am annulled, and he can no longer use that as a bargaining chip, I want to divorce him as quickly as possible and I want to get an ex parte for emergency custody to keep him from leaving the state with her. He has plane tickets for the 23rd of August heading to Colorado. Then I want to sue for custody. Thank you for taking time to read my story. I know that you charge 250.00 for a consultation fee. But I am praying you will not need that for the annulment. Then we will talk about all the other stuff… PLEASE HELP ME :’( I have searched for forms, talked to attorneys, and went to clerk of courts in three counties to find the forms I need to do this my self… and they have nothing but non contested divorce packets… I just want to get married, raise my children, and be a happy family… It’s not to much to ask… My children deserve that after all they have been through :’(

Based on what you have explained, it sounds to me like your first marriage was the Vegas marriage. If so, then your second marriage is considered the void marriage. The only marriage in North Carolina that is considered automatically void by operation of law is a bigamous marriage, which is a marriage entered into by someone who is already married. Since the law dictates that a person may only be married to one spouse at a time, a second or subsequent marriage is not recognized and is automatically invalid in North Carolina.

Yes. …I already know North Carolina law, the Vegas marriage was the second one, however. … my first husband is going after me for bigamy, it is my understanding in order to avoid that, I must get an annulment in order to not face possible jail time… so I have contacted a Vega attorney since I cannot get anyone from NC to help me

I apologize for misunderstanding the chronology. There are limited circumstances that allow for one to get an annulment in North Carolina. Here are the circumstances in which you may be granted an annulment:

  1. Marriages between family members
  2. If one party is under age
  3. If one party is impotent
  4. If one party lacks the mental capacity to understand what marriage entails
  5. If one party commits marriage under a false pretense

If one of those five situations applies to your first marriage, you may be able to get an annulment.