Putative Marriage. Returning to the first hypothetical, assume that Anne--Henry's second wife--defeats the subsequent marriage presumption to the detriment of Jane--Henry's third wife.
(249) The putative marriage doctrine goes one step further in protecting subsequent spouses, protecting those who entered into a "marriage" in good faith even where the court cannot create a valid divorce to salvage the subsequent marriage.
Essentially, the putative marriage doctrine provides the civil effects of marriage to one who in good faith entered into a marriage that is later revealed to be invalid.
Like the subsequent marriage presumption and the marriage by estoppel doctrine, the putative marriage doctrine is intended to protect innocent spouses--including mistaken bigamists, who innocently but erroneously believe that they obtained a valid divorce prior to remarrying--and promote equity.
This text introduces Texas marital property rights, covering the community property system; common-law marriage and putative marriage
; disputes between unmarried people; pensions and other employment benefits; goodwill and professional degrees; presumptions, tracing, and commingling; torts and damage to property; reimbursement and acquisitions over time; rents and profits; business interests; management powers; creditors' rights; constitutional limits; divorce; death; conflicts of law; marital agreements; and spousal gifts and partitions.
They take a comparative approach that notes the similarities and differences between states and discuss basic community property law as well as conflict of laws approaches to solving multi-state marital property problems, the law concerning putative marriage
and property rights arising out of unmarried cohabitation, and special rules of federal income tax law for community property.
Emancipation assumes the existence of a valid or putative marriage. Id.
A minor in an absolutely-null marriage is likewise fully emancipated if the marriage is a "putative marriage." Emancipation is a "civil effect" of a putative marriage.
An annulment is a legal declaration that a putative marriage
was null and void ab initio.
If a marriage is void from its inception under state law, the Service considers the couple unmarried for the entire length of the "marriage."(9) As a result, the taxpayers must file amended returns reflecting single (or head-of-household, if appropriate) filing status for all open tax years.(10) Even in the situation of a void marriage, however, the Tax Court has held that the taxability of periodic payments made under an annulment decree is determined under the rules regarding taxation of alimony, because the putative marriage
can create a legal obligation of support.(11) As a result, an annulment can void a marriage for joint return purposes while potentially allowing the general taxability/deductibility of alimony payments.
The code says, "Illegitimate children are rendered legitimate through the subsequent valid or putative marriage
of their parents or through a rescript of the Holy See." Italian newspapers said that, after the annulment, Princess Caroline wrote to the Vatican asking for the rescript, which would legalize her children's position "in the midst of the church."
A SOLUTION: EXPANDING THE HUMANITARIAN VISA AND APPLYING THE DOCTRINE OF PUTATIVE MARRIAGE