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date: 18 July 2024

p. 283. Void, Voidable, and Non-Marriageslocked

p. 283. Void, Voidable, and Non-Marriageslocked

  • Ruth Gaffney-RhysRuth Gaffney-RhysSenior Lecturer in Family Law, University of the West of England—UWE Bristol


The Concentrate Questions and Answers series offers the best preparation for tackling exam and assignment questions. Each book includes key debates, typical questions, diagram answer plans, suggested answers, author commentary, and tips to gain extra marks. This chapter focuses on nullity and void, voidable, and non-marriages. The first question requires students to analyse the difference between void and voidable marriages, the grounds for which are contained in ss 11 and 12 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973. The second is an essay question that considers the concept of non-marriage or non-existent marriage, which is regulated by case law. The third question is a problem question that examines void and voidable marriages and covers issues such as bigamy, prohibited degrees of relationship, gender recognition, and lack of consummation. The final question asks candidates whether the concept of voidable marriage should be abolished.

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