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A transcript of the Marriage Act, 1835

 

An Act to render certain Marriages valid, and to alter the Law with respect to certain voidable Marriages.  [31st August 1835.]

 

Whereas marriages between persons within the prohibited degrees are voidable only by sentence of the ecclesiastical court pronounced during the lifetime of both the parties thereto, and it is unreasonable that the state and condition of the children of marriages between persons within the prohibited degrees of affinity should remain unsettled during so long a period, and it is fitting that all marriages which may hereafter be celebrated between persons within the prohibited degrees of consanguinity or affinity should be ipso facto void, and not merely voidable:

 

2. All marriages which shall hereafter be celebrated between persons within the prohibited degrees of consanguinity or affinity shall be absolutely null and void to all intents and purposes whatsoever.

 

3. Provided always, that nothing in this Act shall be con­strued to extend to Scotland.

 

  

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