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Legal Topics: Marriage

Statutes: (Additional statutes, regulations & opinions may apply to your specific situation.)

  • Minnesota Statutes, index topics: Marriage, Wives, Husbands.
  • Definition, Minn. Stat. §517.01. Common law marriage was abolished by the 1941 amendment, 1941 Minn. Laws Chapter 459.
  • Prohibited Marriages, Minn. Stat. §517.03.
  • Marriage Laws of the Fifty States, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, from Wex, the Legal Encyclopedia of the Legal Information Institute at Cornell.
  • Resources, Minnesota: (Print resources are available at the Law Library and in county law libraries around the state.)

  • Dunnell Minnesota Digest, Minnesota's legal encyclopedia, has articles on "Marriage" and also on "Husband and Wife."

    Resources, general:

  • Marriage, from Wex, the Legal Encyclopedia of the Legal Information Institute at Cornell.
  • Marriage & Relationships, from Nolo.
  • Marriage Law, from Findlaw.
  • Prenuptial Agreements, from Nolo.
  • Prenuptial Agreements, from Findlaw.
  • Same Sex Marriage, from Findlaw.
  • Books for Non-Lawyers on Family Law Topics, selected from the Law Library's collection.
  • Marriage Abroad:

  • Marriage/Divorce Abroad of U.S. Citizens, from the United States Department of State. Includes Country Specific Marriage Information for numerous foreign countries.
  • Marriage of U.S. Citizens Abroad, from the United States Department of State. For any U.S. citizen considering getting married outside the United States.
  • Related Topics: Child Custody; Divorce; Marriage Certificate, copy of; Paternity; Same-Sex Marriage.


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    Minnesota State Law Library: Marriage
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