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When Marriages Not Void for Want of Authority (1924)

In this excerpt from The Code of Virginia, published in 1924, marriages under certain circumstances are acknowledged even if the performance was technically illegal.

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§ 5082. When marriages not void for want of authority in person solemnizing it or for defective license.—No marriage solemnized under a license issued in this State by any person professing to be authorized to solemnize the same shall be deemed or adjudged to be void, nor shall the validity thereof be in any way affected on account of any want of authority in such person, or any defect, omission or imperfection in such license, if the marriage be in all other respects lawful, and be consummated with a full belief on the part of the persons so married, or either of them, that they have been lawfully joined in marriage.. (Code 1887, § 2222.)

See notes for § 5078.