All states have laws in place that prevent a marriage from occurring in certain circumstances. While a marriage is only unlawful in rare cases, it is important for all those intending to get married, and those already married, to understand the laws in their state.
If you are married or you’re intending to get married in the state of Georgia, you should be aware of the specific laws pertaining to your situation. If you are already married and you are actively seeking to have the marriage annulled so that you do not have to go through the divorce process, these laws will be particularly relevant to you. The following is an overview of prohibited marriages and the grounds for annulment of a marriage in Georgia.
When are marriages prohibited in Georgia?
You cannot marry a person in Georgia when you are related to them by blood or marriage. This means that you cannot marry a parent or step-parent, child or step-child, a sibling (or half-sibling), a grandparent or grandchild, or any other close relative. If you are found to have willingly done so, you can face up to 3 years in prison. You can also not be married to more than one person at one time.
What are the grounds for annulment?
If you were under the age of 17 when you were married, you can have the marriage annulled. Additionally, you can file for annulment if you were fraudulently induced to get married.
If you want to learn more about legitimate marriages and the grounds of annulment, you should make sure that you understand the more detailed aspects of the law.