Pennsylvania Marriage Laws

1304 - Restrictions on issuance of license


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Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes ? Title 23: Domestic Relations ? Part 2: Marriage ? Chapter 13: Marriage License

Restrictions on issuance of license


(a) Examinations and tests for syphilis.--(Repealed). (b) Minors.-- (1) No marriage license may be issued if either of the applicants for a license is under 16 years of age unless the court decides that it is to the best interest of the applicant and authorizes the issuance of the license. (2) No marriage license may be issued if either of the applicants is under 18 years of age unless the consent of the custodial parent or guardian of the applicant is personally given before the person issuing the license or is certified under the hand of the custodial parent or guardian attested by two adult witnesses and, in the latter case, the signature of the custodial parent or guardian is acknowledged before an officer authorized by law to take acknowledgments. When the minor has no guardian and a judge of the court is absent or not accessible for any reason, the office issuing the license may appoint a guardian pro hac vice for the minor. (c) Incompetent persons.--No marriage license may be issued if either of the applicants for a license is weak minded, insane, of unsound mind or is under guardianship as a person of unsound mind unless the court decides that it is for the best interest of the applicant and the general public to issue the license and authorizes the issuance of the license. (d) Persons under influence of alcohol or drugs.--No marriage license may be issued if, at the time of making application, either of the applicants is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.(e) Marriage to relatives.--No marriage license may be issued to applicants within the prohibited degrees of consanguinity which are as follows: A man may not marry his mother. A man may not marry the sister of his father. A man may not marry the sister of his mother. A man may not marry his sister. A man may not marry his daughter. A man may not marry the daughter of his son or daughter. A man may not marry his first cousin. A woman may not marry her father. A woman may not marry the brother of her father. A woman may not marry the brother of her mother. A woman may not marry her brother. A woman may not marry her son. A woman may not marry the son of her son or daughter. A woman may not marry her first cousin

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(Dec. 22, 1993, P.L.555, No.79, eff. 60 days; June 25, 1997, P.L.331, No.35, eff. imd.)


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