Vermont Marriage Laws

5147 - Solemnization by unauthorized person; penalty; validity of marriage

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Vermont Statutes ? Title 18: Health ? Part 6: Births, Marriages and Deaths ? Chapter 105: Marriage Records and Licenses

Solemnization by unauthorized person; penalty; validity of marriage

(a) A person who, knowing that he is not authorized so to do, undertakes to join others in marriage, shall be imprisoned not more than six months or fined not more than $ 300.00 nor less than $ 100.00, or both. (b) A marriage solemnized before a person professing to be a justice or a minister of the gospel shall not be void nor the validity thereof affected for want of jurisdiction or authority in such supposed justice or minister, providing that the marriage is in other respects lawful and is consummated with a belief on the part of the persons so married, or either of them, that they were lawfully joined in marriage.

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HISTORY: Amended 1981, No. 223 (Adj. Sess.), § 23.

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