Guide to dating your cousin

The information listed below is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice.It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans. So let's imagine a couple in the UK, first cousins, in a serious relationship, of age, male/female, fertile, from a family in which such a relationship has not occurred in some time and not part of an immigrant culture in which such relationships are commonplace. I don't think it is common in the majority of the population, perhaps Chronos' novels were about the aristocracy?

Please Note: The information in this article was accurate when it was published.

State and county marriage license requirements often change.

I was wondering if it is legal for us to get married in Minnesota?

-- Julie A: First let me say that my daughter would probably sympathize with you in the fact that your mother even knows that the two of you are related at all.

An interesting light on this is advice to health professionals on an NHS website that warns them not be judgemental - presumably not necessary if there was no perceived stigma.

A pair of middle-class/upper-class first cousins gets hitched in Jane Austen's Mansfield Park (1814).

Genealogists do seem to have this type of obscure information squirreled away and to many others it would probably be deemed as "useless knowledge." You are to be commended for being concerned about the laws of relationship and how your relationship to this person may be affected by them.

First, in most states, I believe the law is that 1st cousins cannot marry.

Is it appropriate for cousins or other relatives to marry?

My first cousin and I lived on opposite sides of the country during childhood and never met until we were in our late teens.

But I found myself longing to go home to my big chair in the living room. And you will keep them informed of what you are doing. The next is to find an attorney who specializes in wills and trusts. They are trained to look at your whole picture and will work with your accountant and attorney.

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