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In California, can a first cousin relationship be used as grounds for obtaining full custody?

Temecula, CA |

In the state of California, when two parents are in Family Court for custody of their child, can one parent use the other parent's relationship with their first cousin as grounds for obtaining full custody of the child? The first cousin couple are not married, but they would like to get married.

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This is an issue of genetics more than custody. I think in todays court climate this would not be looked upon favorably by the court as an argument in favor or against child custody and would probably harm the party raising the issue, especially if the couple is past child bearing age or does not want any additional children.

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It will have no effect. First cousins can marry legally in California.

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