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Title 18 : Health

Chapter 105 : CIVIL MARRIAGE RECORDS AND LICENSES

(Cite as: 18 V.S.A. § 5147)
  • [Section 5147 effective until July 1, 2018; see also section 5147 effective July 1, 2018 set out below.]

    § 5147. Solemnization by unauthorized person; penalty; validity of marriage

    (a) A person who, knowing that he or she is not authorized so to do, undertakes to join others in marriage, shall be imprisoned not more than six months or fined not more than $300.00 nor less than $100.00, or both.

    (b) A marriage solemnized before a person professing to be a justice or a minister of the gospel shall not be void nor the validity thereof affected for want of jurisdiction or authority in such supposed justice or minister, providing that the marriage is in other respects lawful and is consummated with a belief on the part of the persons so married, or either of them, that they were lawfully joined in marriage. (Amended 1981, No. 223 (Adj. Sess.), § 23.)

  • [Section 5147 effective July 1, 2018; see also section 5147 effective until July 1, 2018 set out above.]

    § 5147. Solemnization by unauthorized person; penalty; validity of marriage

    (a) An individual who, knowing that he or she is not authorized so to do, undertakes to join others in marriage, shall be imprisoned not more than six months or fined not more than $300.00 nor less than $100.00, or both.

    (b) A marriage solemnized by an individual who was not authorized to do so under this chapter shall not be void or invalid, provided that the marriage is in other respects lawful and is consummated with a belief on the part of either party so married that the couple were lawfully joined in marriage. (Amended 1981, No. 223 (Adj. Sess.), § 23; 2017, No. 46, § 46, eff. July 1, 2018.)