Marriage (Enabling) Act 1960

Marriage (Enabling) Act 1960  (1960) 
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An Act to enable a person to marry certain kin of a former spouse. [13th April, 1960]

BE it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1.—(1) No marriage hereafter contracted (whether in or out of Great Britain) between a man and a woman who is the sister, aunt or niece of a former wife of his (whether living or not), or was formerly the wife of his brother, uncle or nephew (whether living or not), shall by reason of that relationship be void or voidable under any enactment or rule of law applying in Great Britain as a marriage between persons within the prohibited degrees of affinity. [1]

(2) In the foregoing subsection words of kinship apply equally to kin of the whole and of the half blood.

(3) This section does not validate a marriage, if either party to it is at the time of the marriage domiciled in a country outside Great Britain, and under the law of that country there cannot be a valid marriage between the parties.

(4) The enactments mentioned in the Schedule to this Act are hereby repealed to the extent specified in the third column of the Schedule.

2.—(1) This Act may be cited as the Marriage (Enabling) Act, 1960, and this Act and the Marriage Acts, 1949 to 1958, may be cited together as the Marriage Acts, 1949 to 1960. [2]

(2) This Act shall not apply to Northern Ireland.

  1. Certain marriages not to be void.
  2. Short title, citation and extent.


Enactments Repealed

Session and Chapter Short Title Extent of Repeal
7 Edw. 7. c. 47. The Deceased Wife's Sister's Marriage Act, 1907. The whole Act.
11 & 12 Geo. 5. c. 24. The Deceased Brother's Widow's Marriage Act, 1921. The whole Act.
21 & 22 Geo. 5. c. 31. The Marriage (Prohibited Degrees of Relationship) Act, 1931. The whole Act.
12, 13 & 14 Geo. 6. c. 76. The Marriage Act, 1949. Subsections (2) and (3) of section one; Part II of the First Schedule.


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