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Singh v. Singh

Supreme Court of Connecticut
569 A.2d 1112 (1990)


Facts

David Singh (plaintiff) and Seoranie Singh (defendant) were married in 1983. The following year, David and Seoranie filed a joint complaint, seeking annulment of the marriage based upon the belief that they were uncle and niece. The trial court entered a judgment of annulment, declaring the Singhs’ marriage null and void. Several years later, the parties learned that they were not directly related as uncle and niece; rather, Seoranie was the daughter of David’s half-sister. In 1988, the parties married in California, where marriage between half-blood relatives was not prohibited. Later that same year, David and Seoranie filed a joint petition in Connecticut state court, seeking to reopen the 1984 judgment of annulment. The trial court denied the joint motion and concluded that the legislature’s concern was not the actual blood relationship but the degree or distance of the relationship between the parties. David and Seoranie appealed. The Connecticut Supreme Court transferred the matter from the appellate court for consideration.

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