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We are first cousin's, over 80, one lives in Iowa, the other

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we are first cousin's, over 80, one lives in Iowa, the other in Minn, can we get married in Minn
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Customer: We are both Catholic, & want this marriage in the Catholic Church, we both have lost are sponuse's
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Christopher B, Esq. replied 1 year ago.
My name is***** and I will be helping you with your question today. This is for informational purposes only and does not establish an attorney client relationship. First cousin marriage is not legal in the state of Minnesota or for that matter in Iowa. Cousin marriage is legal in these states: Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia. Cousin marriage is allowed in the following states under certain circumstances: Arizona: if both are 65 or older, or one is unable to reproduce. Illinois: if both are 50 or older, or one is unable to reproduce. Indiana: if both are at least 65. Maine: if couple obtains a physician's certificate of genetic counseling. North Carolina: first cousin marriage is legal, double cousin marriage is prohibited. Utah: if both are 65 or older, or if both are 55 or older and one is unable to reproduce. Wisconsin: if the woman is 55 or older, or one is unable to reproduce. See below for the Minnesota Statute prohibiting 1st cousin marriage: 517.03 PROHIBITED CIVIL MARRIAGES.Subdivision 1.General.The following civil marriages are prohibited:(1) a civil marriage entered into before the dissolution of an earlier civil marriage of one of the parties becomes final, as provided in section 518.145 or by the law of the jurisdiction where the dissolution was granted;(2) a civil marriage between an ancestor and a descendant, or between siblings, whether the relationship is by the half or the whole blood or by adoption; and(3) a civil marriage between an uncle or aunt and a niece or nephew, or between first cousins, whether the relationship is by the half or the whole blood, except as to civil marriages permitted by the established customs of aboriginal cultures. Please let me know if you have any further questions and please positively rate my answer if satisfied. There should be smiley faces or number from 1-5 to choose from. This extra step will cost you nothing extra and will ensure that I will be compensated by the site.
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