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Incest Law Related Questions

When people think of incest, they think of two family members engaging in sexual relations, and that is usually correct. When one family member such as a father engages in sexual contact with their daughter it is considered incest. Incest is a crime and can be often result in felony charges and conviction for felony. However, the legal interpretation of incest can leave unanswered questions like: does sexual contact with a step-child qualify as incest? Family Lawyers on JustAnswer frequently answer questions related to the legal implications of incest. Below is an extract of the most common answers to questions about incest on JustAnswer.

What is the Incest law in New York?

New York state finds incest illegal. However, the law under section 255.25 states that: “A person shall not be convicted of incest or attempt to commit incest solely upon the testimony of the other party unsupported by other evidence tending to establish that the defendant was a relative to the other party.”

If someone commits incest on a child what kind of penalty are they looking at?

In most states, incest is considered a class three felony. Depending on the circumstances and the specific laws in the jurisdiction, if a person is convicted of committing incest on a child, the sentence could be up to 20 years in prison or a fine of up to $25,000. For more information of states laws and penalties for incest, you can ask a Family Lawyer on JustAnswer to assist you with your questions.

What is the statue of limitations in Florida for getting a divorce based on being married to a relative?

In the state of Florida, there is no statute of limitations on getting a divorce based on incest. You may also be able to apply for an annulment and have the marriage voided. Also, Florida has no statute limitations on marriage annulment. Normally, a marriage can be annulled on grounds of fraud, incest, lack of capacity, bigamy, impotence and illegality of the marriage.

What is the California law on incestuous marriages?

California family code 2200 on marriage of incest states: “Marriage between parents and children, ancestors and descendants, and between sisters and brothers half related or full blood, aunts and nephews, uncles and nieces, are considered incest, they are not allowed from the beginning whether it is legitimate or illegitimate.” However, under that section it appears legal for cousins to be married. In some states it is considered illegal for first cousins to marry, but in all states it’s legal for second cousins to marry and such marriages would usually not be considered incestuous.

How do incest laws vary from state to state?

In the United States, each state has its own laws for incest prohibition. Rhode Island repealed its crime on incest in 1989. In Ohio it is only illegal to marry a parent. In New Jersey, people are only penalized if they are not of the age of 18 or older. In Massachusetts, people are granted a penalty of up to 20 years in prison if they engage in any incestuous sexual activity. In Hawaii, the sentence could be up to 5 years in prison for anyone that has sexual contact with anyone that is blood related and an in-law.

In all states, incest charges can be pressed if sexual relations are with someone that is blood related, such as mother, father, son, daughter, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, and some states, it includes first cousins. Many states also recognize sexual relationships with non-blood relatives, including step-parents, step-siblings and in-laws also as being incest. These differences in law from state to state can make it difficult to understand the exact legal standing in your jurisdiction. If you need clarifications about issues related to incest laws in your state or jurisdiction, you could ask a Family Lawyer on JustAnswer.

If a parent donates sperm to their child so they could be a surrogate mother is this legal in California?

In the state penal code for California, this may not qualify as incest. However, biologically and for medical reasons, donating sperm to a child may not be recommended. Inbreeding increases the chance of having phonotypical expression of recessive genes. Phonotypical expression of recessive genes is a severe genetic disorder where the child does not get at least one gene from each parent. This may result in birth defects and deformities and there may be no way to predict whether the baby would be born with birth defects or not.

Incest is seen as a serious offense with both legal and moral considerations. What is considered incest in one state may not qualify as incest in another. If you are not sure of the law in your jurisdiction, you can get fast, affordable answers when you ask a Family Lawyer on JustAnswer.

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