What Are Some Interesting Facts About Florida Marriage Law?


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In Florida, it's not only legal to marry your cousin but you can do so at the age of 16, states FindLaw. Florida requires a three-day waiting period unless both parties have completed a state-sanctioned marriage preparation course within 12 months of the marriage application date.

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The average age at which a woman first marries in Florida is 26.4, which is on par with the national average of about 27, according to LiveScience. This same site also notes that Florida previously recognized common-law marriage but no longer acknowledges this practice. LiveScience also ranks Jacksonville, Florida, in the bottom 10 cities when it comes to eligible bachelors.

The Florida Senate Website Archives states that husbands in Florida are not liable for their wives' torts. While Florida doesn't seem to mind a marriage between cousins, the state does not allow marriage between siblings or between aunts and nephews or uncles and nieces.

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