Law:Marriage (Prohibited Degrees) Act

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S.c. 1990, c. 46

Assented to 1990-12-17

An Act respecting the laws prohibiting marriage between related persons

Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:

Short title

1. This Act may be cited as the Marriage (Prohibited Degrees) Act.

No prohibition

2. (1) Subject to subsection (2), persons related by consanguinity, affinity or adoption are not prohibited from marrying each other by reason only of their relationship.


(2) No person shall marry another person if they are related lineally, or as brother or sister or half-brother or half-sister, including by adoption.

1990, c. 46, s. 2; 2005, c. 33, s. 13.

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3. (1) Subject to subsection (2), a marriage between persons related by consanguinity, affinity or adoption is not invalid by reason only of their relationship.

Marriage void

(2) A marriage between persons who are related in the manner described in subsection 2(2) is void.

1990, c. 46, s. 3; 2005, c. 33, s. 14.

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4. This Act contains all of the prohibitions in law in Canada against marriage by reason of the parties being related.

5. (Repeal)


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