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Shaw: You request our opinion concerning the validity of certain marriages of underage persons that took place on or after October 1,when amendments to Chapter 51 of the General Statutes became effective. Before October 1,an unmarried female who was more than 12 years old but less than 16 years old who was pregnant or had given birth could legally marry as long as she had the appropriate consent.
Beginning on that date, however, the minimum age at which a female who is pregnant or has given birth could marry was raised to Your first question is whether a pregnant female who is less than 14 and who obtained a marriage before October 1,may lawfully marry after that date. You pointed out in our telephone conversation that pursuant to N. A marriage is valid in North Carolina only if it complies with the pre-requisites set out in N. Essentially, that statute requires that a male and female person, who may lawfully marry, must present themselves before an ordained minister or magistrate, who must declare that they are husband and wife.
In fact, our courts have specifically held that the failure to procure a marriage will not invalidate an otherwise valid marriage. State v. Robbins28 N. ParkerN. Ann Shaw 2 October 9, Given our opinion regarding the applicability of the new age requirements, it is important to note that, pursuant to N. SlackN. ParkersupraSawyer v.
Slack, supra. This written consent is not required for minors emancipated under Article 35 of Chapter 7B of the General Statutes.
We trust that this advisory opinion will be helpful to registers of deeds as they carry out their duties under Chapter 51 of the General Statutes. Validity of Marriage of Underage Persons.
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