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Washington Annulment and Prohibited Marriage Laws

State laws dictate the grounds under which an annulment may be granted and which types of marriage are prohibited, such as marriage between close family members or where a previous marriage was undissolved. In Washington, annulment and prohibited marriage laws are very similar to those of other states. However, the state does permit marriage between members of the same sex.

The basics of Washington's annulment and prohibited marriage laws are listed in the following chart. See FindLaw's Marriage Law Overview section for additional articles.

Code Section 26.04.010, 26.04.020, 130; 26.09.040
Grounds for Annulment Under 17 without waiver of superior court judge
Time Limits for Obtaining Annulment -
Legitimacy of Children Children born during a marriage later voided are born and remain legitimate.
Prohibited Marriages Previous marriage undissolved; between persons closer in kin than second cousins (half or whole blood); voidable marriages: underage or without sufficient understanding; consent gained by fraud or duress voidable by party laboring under disability or upon whom force or fraud was imposed

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Washington family law attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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