These Insane US Marriage Laws Will Make You Question Everything

B. Harvey

It's now illegal to get married in Virginia if you're under the age of 15. Believe it or not, this law was only passed on Friday. The limit was increased to 18 and over.

This archaic legislation was crazy and dangerous. But it's just a drop in the ocean when you compare it to other insane US marriage laws.

We've picked out the most bizarre laws that'll simply rock your innocent little world:

1. The Fuckboy Law

Every woman who's ever fallen victim to a fuckboy will stand strong behind South Carolina's law. It's an offense in this state for a man over the age of 16 to promise a woman the world and her hand in marriage just to get her into bed.

The act is officially called "seduction under the promise of marriage," and it carries a punishment of up to a year in prison.

2. Keep It In The Family

In Utah, it's legal to marry your first cousin if you're both over the age of 55 and can't have kids. But the kid thing doesn't matter if you're over 65.


3. No-Show Your Own Wedding

It's a law intended for servicemen and women, and is known as "proxy" marriage.

In Montana, you can swap your husband or wife-to-be with a stand-in as long as they agree to sign paperwork immediately after the ceremony, confirming that they're not actually the right partner.


4. Do It For Kicks

You can legally get an annulment in Delaware if you got married for shits and giggles. True story: It doesn't matter if you hitched up for a prank or dare.

It's under the state's Domestic Relations Act. It reads that an annulment can be granted if "one or both parties entered into the marriage as a jest or dare."

5. The Mother-In-Law

Meeting the future MIL is nerve-wracking enough without this crazy Kansas law: Mistreatment of your MIL is grounds for divorce in Wichita.

So, don't rub her the wrong way. (But you shouldn't be touching her anyway, tbh.)

6. The Third Wheel

Have you ever gotten one of those annoying gooseberries in your relationship? You know the ones: the exes or the best friends.

Well, if you live in Mississippi or New Mexico, you can take advantage of an old law known as "alienation of affection." It basically means a gooseberry has drawn a massive wedge between you and your partner. This is grounds for divorce.

7. No Naked Spooning With Your Spouse

Generation rent is made even worse in Salem, Massachusetts: It's illegal for married couples to sleep naked in a rented bedroom.

How is this policed? We can only imagine.