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Consanguinity (c. 1091§1-3)

  • It pertains to the relationship by blood or the descent from one person to another.

  • It invalidates marriage in all degrees in the direct line and up to fourth degree collateral line.

  • Dispensation may be given by the local Ordinary for 3rd and 4th degree collateral line.


Affinity (c. 1092)

  • Juridical relationship arising from marriage and existing between one spouse and the blood relatives of the other spouse.

  • Prohibits marriage between one surviving spouse and all the blood relatives of the dead spouse in the ascending or descending direct line and in all degrees.

  • Admits dispensation but rarely heard of because of basic decency.

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