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I married in Colorado to my first cousin and had it Void in

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I married in Colorado to my first cousin and had it Void in a state that did not recognize it as legal. Was told that I am still legally married since didn't have an annulment/divorce completed in Colorado however. Is this true?
Submitted: 1 year ago via USmarriagelaws.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Ely replied 1 year ago.

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No, that first marriage is void.

1) Colorado allows cousin marriage.

2) States generally recognize marriages of first cousins married in a state where such marriages are legal. So in most cases, that other state is would have recognized the marriage as valid even if it itself did not recognize cousin marriages. Ergo, the more proper thing to end the marriage would have been to file for divorce.

3) But regardless, if a Court terminated the marriage, then it is void. It does not matter that the annulment occurred outside of Colorado. US Courts recognize each other's decisions under the Full Faith and Credit Clause of the US Constitution. The marriage is now void.

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