Minnesota State Law Library
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.
Persons Capable of Contracting (by age) Minn. Stat. §517.02; 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.
Note: On May 14, 2013, Governor Mark Dayton signed HF 1054 into law, making Minnesota's marriage law gender neutral. The bill was passed by the House on May 9, 2013, and the Senate on May 13, 2013. The law goes into effect August 1, 2013 as Chapter 74 Laws of Minnesota (2013).
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."
Marriage Ceremonies, from the Fourth District (Hennepin County) Courts.
Marriages, from the Second District (Ramsey County) Courts.
Marriage, from Wex, the Legal Encyclopedia of the Legal Information Institute at Cornell.
Marriage, Civil Unions, & Alternative Relationships: The Law today - Pohl, Anna - West - KF 539 .P63 2013
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/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.
FAQs on Same Sex Marriage & Divorce, from the Self-Help Center.
Related Topics: Child Custody; Divorce; Marriage Certificate, copy of;
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Last updated on Dec. 5, 2013.
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