The States that have such statutes are listed below. Comments about the applicability
of the statute are listed in the right column. A dash indicates no comment.
Unless State court prior to 4/17/61 has found child to be illegitimate, child born
of a void ceremonial marriage is deemed to be legitimate child of either parent. Good
faith or competence to marry on part of either party need not be shown. If common-law
marriage is alleged, child born of such “void marriage” may be considered the legitimate child of either parent if at least one of the parents
entered into the purported marriage in good faith.
NOTE: See GN 00306.035B.3. for instructions concerning submittal to the Office of the General Counsel (OGC).