Code of the District of Columbia

§ 46–403. Marriages void from date of decree; age of consent.

The following marriages in said District shall be illegal, and shall be void from the time when their nullity shall be declared by decree, namely:

(1) The marriage of a person adjudged to be, or to have been at the time a marriage was performed, unable by reason of mental incapacity to give valid consent to marriage;

(2) Any marriage the consent to which of either party has been procured by force or fraud;

(3) Repealed.

(4) When either of the parties is under the age of consent, which is hereby declared to be 16 years of age.


(Mar. 3, 1901, 31 Stat. 1391, ch. 854, § 1285; June 30, 1902, 32 Stat. 543, ch. 1329; Aug. 12, 1937, 50 Stat. 626, ch. 596, § 1; July 22, 1976, D.C. Law 1-75, § 5(d), 23 DCR 1182; Sept. 11, 2008, D.C. Law 17-222, § 2, 55 DCR 8295.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 30-103.

1973 Ed., § 30-103.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 16-903 and § 46-401.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 17-222 rewrote par. (1) and repealed par. (3).

Cross References

Proceedings to annul marriage, see §§ 16-903, 16-904.