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Can I marry my first cousin

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Can I marry my first cousin?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Australia Law
Expert:  Katrina Bell replied 8 years ago.



Yes, you can marry your first cousin - provided you are not of the same sex :)


The Marriage Act prohibits people marrying:

  • an ancestor or descendant; or
  • their brother or sister (whether whole blood or half-blood siblings)

A person cannot marry their parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, brother or sister. However, a person may marry their aunt or uncle, niece or nephew or ‘first' cousin.


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