WVC 48 - 2 - 303
§48-2-303. Prohibition against marriage not to include persons
related by adoption.
For the purpose of section 2-302, cousin or double cousin does
not include persons whose relationship is created solely by
adoption. If it necessary to open and examine the record of any
adoption proceeding in the state to ascertain that a relationship
of cousin or double cousin is created solely by adoption, then an
application may be made to the circuit court that held the adoption
proceeding, by the clerk of the county commission seeking to issue
the marriage license, or either party applying for the license, to
open the record and cause it to be examined. Upon such
application, the judge shall examine the record confidentially and
report to the clerk whether the record discloses any consanguinity
prohibited by this section and may grant such other relief prayed
for which may be proper under article 22 of this chapter.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2016 Regular Session
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