Ian’s Legal Fact of the Week 11/27/17: Marriage Age in the U.S.

Despite what is popularly believed, the U.S. does not offer robust protection against child marriage. Twenty-five states do not have a legal minimum age for marriage, while 8 others set the age at under 16. New Hampshire, for example, sets the age at 13 for girls and 14 for boys. In these states, judges must grant approval to marry, but a report from the Tahirih Justice Center shows that this often provides marginal protection at best — most states do not require the child be given counsel, nor do most require that the ruling judge serve on a family, juvenile or domestic relations court.

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