Vermont Statutes Annotated 18 V.S.A. § 5142

Restrictions as to minors and incompetent persons

18 V.S.A. § 5142 ::: Persons not authorized to marry ::: The following persons are not authorized to marry, and a town clerk shall not knowingly issue a civil marriage license, when: (1) either party is a person who has not attained majority, unless the town clerk has received in writing the consent of one of the parents of the minor, if there is a parent competent to act, or of the guardian of the minor; (2) either party is under 16 years of age; (3) either of the parties is mentally incapable of entering into marriage as defined in 15 V.S.A. § 514; (4) either of the parties is under guardianship, without the written consent of the party’s guardian; (5) [Repealed.] (6) the parties are prohibited from marrying under 15 V.S.A. § 1a on account of consanguinity or affinity; (7) either of the parties has a wife or husband living, as prohibited under 13 V.S.A. § 206 (bigamy).

HISTORY: Amended 1965, No. 194, § 10, eff. Feb. 1, 1967; 1967, No. 147, § 47, eff. Oct. 1, 1968; 1971, No. 90, § 13; 1973, No. 201 (Adj. Sess.), § 11; 2009, No. 3, § 8, eff. Sept. 1, 2009; 2013, No. 96 (Adj. Sess.), § 98; 2017, No. 46, § 43, eff. July 1, 2019.)

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