I was adopted as a child. I just was wandering if legally I'm prohibited from marrying my biological or adoptive first cousin's. I have heard that for adopted people, getting a DNA test can be a loop hole in marrying a legal relative. I know that legally they are considered the same, but have heard a DNA test can be a way around that. And if two adopted siblings wanted to get married, how would the court even be able to find out that they were siblings. Do they check your birth certificate to see who the parents listed are?
It won't happen between siblings because adoption is specifically included. It could be fine with a cousin since the adoption language was omitted from that part of the statute, but only the adopted cousin. The law frowns on blood marriages in too close a relation.
And yes, birth certificates are required. The real danger is not being stopped before you do it, it is being found out later and having it all torn apart. It will be considered void from the start and so nothing done as married people will be considered valid. So the male half will move from father to purported father with little to no legal rights to the child until a court order is found, any marital benefits from taxes get upended and you may face penalties, etc.
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