• Current through October 23, 2012

A proceeding to declare the nullity of a marriage may be instituted in the case of an infant under the age of consent by such infant, through a next friend, or by the parent or guardian of such infant; and in the case of a person with mental illness, by next friend. But no such proceedings shall be allowed to be instituted by any person who, being fully capable of contracting a marriage, has knowingly and wilfully contracted any marriage declared illegal by the foregoing sections.

(Mar. 3, 1901, 31 Stat. 1392, ch. 854, § 1286; June 30, 1902, 32 Stat. 543, ch. 1329; Sept. 26, 2012, D.C. Law 19-169, § 23(e), 59 DCR 5567.)


Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 30-104.

1973 Ed., § 30-104.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 19-169 substituted "in the case of a person with mental illness" for "in the case of an idiot or lunatic"

Legislative History of Laws

Law 19-169, the "People First Respectful Language Modernization Amendment Act of 2012", was introduced in Council and assigned Bill No. 19-189, which was referred to the Committee on Human Services. The Bill was adopted on first and second readings on March 6, 2012, and April 17, 2012, respectively. Signed by the Mayor on May 15, 2012, it was assigned Act No. 19-361 and transmitted to both Houses of Congress for its review. D.C. Law 19-169 became effective on September 26, 2012.