SackMan518 Posted March 13 Share Posted March 13 Not sure why this is a topic when Wikipedia can show you what the rules are state by state. Underage marriage When at least one of the marriage partners is under the general marriage age, the marriage is considered underage and may require parental consent and/or judicial authorization. Also, adolescents can marry in "exceptional circumstances”. In the 50 states Delaware, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Rhode Island, New York, and New Jersey do not allow underage marriage. The other states allow an underage person to marry in the following circumstances: If one or more of the following apply: consent of the parents or legal guardians of the minor consent of a court clerk or judge if the minor is emancipated. Or in exceptional circumstances if one or more of the following circumstances apply: consent of a superior court judge, rather than a local judge, is required if one of the parties is pregnant if the minor has given birth to a child In 6 states, a person who is 21 years old cannot marry a person under 18 years old: Missouri, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada. In one state, Florida, a person who is 20 cannot marry a person under 18 years old. In 3 states – Georgia, Tennessee and Ohio – a person who is 22 cannot marry a person under 18 years old. Indiana is nearly the same, although a person who is 21 can marry a person who is 17 years old. Minimum age in 50 states: 2 states have a minimum age of 15: Hawaii and Kansas. 24 states have a minimum age of 16. 10 states have a minimum age of 17. 7 states have no official minimum age, but still require either parental consent, court approval or both: California, Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Washington. 7 states have a minimum age of 18, which is the same as their general age: Delaware, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania. From 2017 to 2022, several states changed their law to set a minimum age, or to raise their minimum age. In Massachusetts, the minimum marriage age is 18. Prior to July 29, 2022, adolescents could be married with judicial consent. Unlike many other states, in Massachusetts an adolescent's marriage did not automatically emancipate the minor, or increase his or her legal rights beyond allowing the minor to consent to certain medical treatments. Quote Sack "The Buffalo Range's TRUSTED News Source!" “When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic.” ~ Dresden James Parler @NYexile Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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