If you are single (whether previously married, divorced, widowed or in a civil partnership that has been dissolved), you can marry anyone except:

-someone already married or in a civil partnership; or
-someone you are not allowed by law to have sex with because of age (they must be over 16 years), or relationship (such as grandparents, parents, brothers, sisters, children or grandchildren); or
-other relatives (uncles, aunts, nephews or nieces; stepchildren and step parents; your ex mother-in-law or ex father-in-law etc).

Thanks very much to Punam Denley, a partner at the International Family Law Group LLP for reviewing and to David Hodson, also partner at the International Family Law Group LLP, who reviewed an earlier version which appeared in A Parent’s Guide to the Law by Jon Robins (LawPack , 2009).  Stephen Lawson, a litigation partner at Forshaws Davies Ridgway LLP assisted with the section on the CSA.

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Author: Jon Robins

Jon is editor of the Justice Gap. He is a freelance journalist. Jon’s books include The First Miscarriage of Justice (Waterside Press, 2014), The Justice Gap (LAG, 2009) and People Power (Daily Telegraph/LawPack, 2008). Jon is a journalism lecturer at Winchester University and a visiting senior fellow in access to justice at the University of Lincoln. He is twice winner of the Bar Council’s journalism award (2015 and 2005) and is shortlisted for this year’s Criminal Justice Alliance’s journalism award

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