keri russell dating scott speedman - Dating your cousin

In matters of the heart, there is little accounting for who you might fall in love with.

Now, my step-dad as I call him, not through marriage though,(not married to my mother) has his mom.

My mom is with this guy (they have been together for about 4 years now, and are not married).

Dear Alice, What are the pros and cons (legally and morally) of dating your 1st cousin?

To make a long story short, my cousin and I became close friends, then fell in love with each other.

For all practical purposes, consanguineous unions are defined as those which are contracted between biologically related second cousins or nearer.

Consanguinity is an important legal concept laws since certain societies use it while considering if two people can be married or how a deceased person’s property may be inherited in case of absence of will.

Dating a cousin usually raises eyebrows but it nevertheless is more common than people think.

So if you are dating a cousin or wondering if you should, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Now a study by the National Society of Genetic Counselors says that having a child with your first cousin raises the risk of a significant birth defect from about 3-to-4 percent to about 4-to-7 percent.

According to the authors, that difference isn't big enough to justify genetic testing of cousin couples, much less bans on cousin marriage.

Potential for a consanguineous relationship A consanguineous relationship is one where the partners are related by blood or in other words descended from the same ancestor.

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