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A void marriage is one that will be treated by the court as never having taken place.
The grounds on which a marriage will be void are set out in section 11 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973, (MCA 1973). A marriage celebrated after 31 July 1971 is void if :
it is not a valid marriage under the provisions of the Marriage Acts 1949 to 1986, that is to say where:
the parties are within the prohibited degrees of relationship
either party is under the age of sixteen; or
the parties have intermarried in disregard of certain requirements as to the formation of marriage
that at the time of the marriage either party was already lawfully married or a civil partner
in the case of a polygamous marriage entered into outside England and Wales, that either party was at the time of the marriage domiciled in England and Wales
A marriage will be void if it is not valid under the provisions of the Marriages Acts 1949 to 1986 in that:
A marriage between persons related within the prohibited degrees of relationship, whether of consanguinity (blood and half-blood) or affinity (relationships by marriage), is void. Relationship is traced not only through the whole
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