If my wife and I are divorced, is it legal for me to marry my 19 year old ex-stepdaughter?

Asked on July 27, 2015 under Family Law, Iowa


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Yes, it is legal, as Woody Allen and Soon Yi Previn know. "Step-daughter" is not a legal relationship, like having adopted someone (which would make you her father legally); it is a way of expressing the connection between two people, such as that he is (or was) married to the other person's mother. A step-relationship is not an impediment to marriage.

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