Types of relationship within which marriage is unlawful

Types of relationship within which marriage is unlawful

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Marriage may not possible if the parties are related, by blood, adoption, step-parent relationship or surrogacy.

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Related by blood or adoption

A man may not marry his:
  • mother
  • adoptive mother or former adoptive mother
  • daughter
  • adopted daughter or former adopted daughter
  • grandmother
  • granddaughter
  • sister
  • aunt
  • niece
A woman may not marry her:
  • father
  • adoptive father or former adoptive father
  • son
  • adopted son or former adopted son
  • grandfather
  • grandson
  • brother
  • uncle
  • nephew
  • great-grandfather
  • great-grandson

Step-parent and stepchild relationships

A man may not marry his:
  • former wife’s daughter or granddaughter
  • father’s or grandfather’s former wife
A woman may not marry her:
  • former husband’s son or grandson
  • mother’s or grandmother’s former husband

except where:

  • the younger person is 21 years of age or over at the time of the marriage and
  • the younger party did not, before his or her 18th birthday, live in the same household as the other party and been treated by that person as a child of the family.

Surrogate Relationships

A man may not marry his:
  • commissioning mother
  • commissioning daughter
  • surrogate mother
  • daughter of surrogate mother
A woman may not marry her:
  • commissioning father
  • commissioning son
  • husband or partner of surrogate mother
  • surrogate son
Types of relationship within which marriage is unlawful
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