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Marriage To Stepchild Or Stepparent In Texas

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While there's not usually a blood relationship between a stepchild and stepparent, it's still not legal for a stepparent to marry their current or former stepchild in the state of Texas. Section 6.206 of the Texas Family Code states that a marriage is void if a party is a current or former stepchild or stepparent of the other party.

Hence, a marriage between a former stepchild and stepparent pair can be grounds for annulment in Texas. Furthermore, a marriage between parents and children or a marriage between grandparents and grandchildren is illegal in every U.S. state. These types of incestuous marriages can be void by the family courts through an annulment. A marriage is also subject to annulment when one party is already married at the time of another marriage (bigamy).

An annulment of a marriage is rare in the state, because an annulment can only legally be granted under certain conditions. FindLaw states that courts will order an annulment if a party was temporarily insane at the time of the marriage, if one party was a minor and proper consent was not obtained for the marriage, if either spouse was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of marriage, or if the marriage was obtained by fraud or duress.

To learn more information about marriage laws in the state of Texas and annulment procedures, contact a Houston family law attorney. An attorney can provide guidance and determine if you're qualified to get a marriage annulled.

Related Resources:

  • Questionnaire: Are You Entitled To An Annulment? (FindLaw)
  • Look for a Houston Family Law Attorney (FindLaw)
  • How Marriage Annulments Differ from Divorces (FindLaw)

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