Can you get married at the age of 16 without parent consent if you are pregnant?

Asked on November 6, 2015 under Family Law, North Carolina


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

 The law in NC mandates that someone must be at least 18 years of age to get married. However, minors 16-18 may marry with their parents’ or guardians’ consent and persons between 14-16 years of age may marry if the female is pregnant or gives birth and there is a District Court order authorizing the marriage.
At this pot, yopu need to speak with an attorney about how to get such a court order. Try and speak with an adult that you trust; possibly a teacher or pastor who can help Otherwise, you can try legal aid or see if there is a law school nearby that runs a free legal clinic. Also, contact your local Social Services' office; the people there may be able to provide guidance on this.

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