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Virginia Annulment and Prohibited Marriage Laws

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Code Section20-38.1; 20-43; 20-45.1, 2; 20-89.1; §20-31.1
Grounds for AnnulmentMentally incapacitated; fraud; duress; impotency; if without other's knowledge: either convicted of felony before marriage; if without other's knowledge: wife pregnant by another man, husband fathered another child born within 10 months after marriage; either had been a prostitute; no annulment allowed for fraud, duress, mental incapacity, felony, pregnancy or fathering if parties cohabited after knowledge
Time Limits for Obtaining AnnulmentAll actions must be brought within 2 yrs. of marriage
Legitimacy of ChildrenChildren of prohibited marriages are legitimate
Prohibited MarriagesPrevious marriage undissolved; between ancestor and descendant, brother and sister, uncle and niece, aunt and nephew (half or whole blood); same sex; bigamous; parties under 18 and have not complied with consent provisions

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