NC court: Action needed to end invalid marriages

By: The Associated Press | 12/06/11 11:12 AM
The Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina appeals court says a Wake County man can annul his 12-year marriage because his wife was still married to another man, though the first ceremony was officiated by an unrecognized minister and there was no marriage license.

A state Court of Appeals panel ruled 2-1 on Tuesday that though Nikki Palmer-Mussa’s previous marriage was invalid and voidable, she was still required to officially terminate the union.

Palmer-Mussa followed Islamic custom to marry and divorce another man months before she married Juma Mussa in 1997. She never sought a judicial divorce or annulment and her husband from that earlier marriage was still alive.

The court ruling reverses a judge’s divorce order telling Juma Mussa to pay support for Palmer-Mussa and their three children.

 

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