13 Surprising Marriage Laws You Might Be Breaking Right Now

Who knew: there are towns where marriage laws hold that you can't sleep naked next to your spouse, where mistreating your mother-in-law means grounds for divorce, and where a wife must ask permission from her husband before wearing false teeth. Congratulations!

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Married on a dare? Here, you can take it back.

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In Delaware, it's legal to obtain an annulment if you got married on a dare or as a prank. The official law states that a marriage may be annulled if "one or both parties entered the marriage as a jest or dare."

Here are some other crazy-but-true reasons people have filed for divorce.

If you like it, then you should've put a ring on it.

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Don Juans, beware: under South Carolina's Offenses Against Morality and Decency Act, it's considered a misdemeanor for a man over the age of 16 to propose to a woman in order to seduce her.

Put those pajamas back on. Please.

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It may have moved past the whole witch trials thing (here's what really caused them!), but the town of Salem, Massachusetts has retained its prudishness with weird marriage laws; it's illegal for a married couple to sleep nude in a rented room.

You got a permission slip for those dentures, lady?

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In Vermont, a wife must obtain written permission from her husband before wearing false teeth. Condolences.

We know these weird marriage laws are true, but here are some marriage myths you can safely ignore.

Here, you'd better be nice to your mother-in-law.

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In Wichita, Kansas, the mistreatment of mothers-in-law can be used as grounds for divorce. Better brush up on these tips to get your mother-in-law to like you, then.

Ready, aim, fire!

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In the town of Truro on Cape Cod, the groom-to-be must prove his manliness before marriage by hunting and killing either six blackbirds or three crows.

Drunk? (Or just stupid?) Sober up before you say "I do."

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Two states have these weird marriage laws on the books. If the Mississippi county clerk issuing your marriage license believes that you or your betrothed is drunk, insane, or an "imbecile," he or she can deny you the license. And if that's the case, avoid getting hitched in Tennessee, too.

 

Fourth time? Not a charm.

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After three failed marriages, it's probably time to tell each other goodbye. Kentucky is helping its women make smarter decisions, by making it illegal to marry the same man four times. Maybe knowing these marriage tips from happy couples ahead of time will help!

Here, kissing cousins can legally marry.

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First cousins are allowed to marry in Utah only if they are over 65-years-old. (Read: infertile.)

Sorry, Miss Cleo can't pronounce you man and wife in this town.

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Before you give your favorite psychic a ring, know that it's illegal for a palm reader or a psychic to officiate and marry people in New Orleans. Here are some things you should consider before seeing a psychic for anything.

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