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Void and Voidable Marriages

Learn what renders a marriage void or voidable and the protections available for a spouse that entered such a marriage in good faith.


As noted in other videos, marriage in California is a civil contract entered into by two persons who have the capacity to consent to marriage. If a would-be marriage fails to meet that definition because one or both of the would-be spouses lacked capacity, then the marriage will be either void or voidable. Let’s take a closer look at the difference between void and voidable marriages and the consequences of each.

I. Void Marriages

Void marriages are marriages that have no legal effect from...