What is the marriage age without a parent’s consent?

The minimum marriage age without a parent's consent is eighteen in almost all states in the U.S. In all but five states, couples can marry at a younger age, with parental consent or judicial authorization, with the minimum marriage age ranging from 15 to 17. If you are considering marriage and are not sure if you are eligible based on the rules about legal marriage age by state, you should contact a family law attorney for help. Use the free tool below for more information.

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The rules for how old you have to be to get married without a parent’s consent vary from state to state.

Read on to find out what is the marriage age without a parent’s consent. and what state has the youngest age to get married. If you need to contact a family attorney, just enter your ZIP code below.

What are the requirements to get married without parental consent?

If you want to get married without a parent’s permission, the legal requirements for marriage are that you need to be at least 18 years old, which is the age of consent in 48 of the 50 states in the United States. The two remaining states are Nebraska, where the marriage age is 19, and Mississippi where the marriage age is 21.

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At what age can you get married with parental consent?

If you do not meet these age requirements, you may be able to get a marriage license with the permission of a parent or legal guardian.

What Are the Minimum Marriage Ages In the United States?

  • Can a 16-year-old get a marriage license without parental consent? Parties in California, Colorado, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Texas may get married at any age with parental permission. In Kentucky, a judicial approval request may also be needed. In Texas, marriage is not allowed for minors under the age of 14 for males and the age for females is 13 even if a parent consents to the underage marriage.
  • In Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia, teens may get married with parental consent at age 16 or older.
  • In Alaska, Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wyoming you may get married if you are under the age of 16 only if you have both parental approval and judicial consent.
  • In Hawaii, parties may get married at the age of 15 with parental consent and/or the consent of a judge. Parental consent is needed in Alabama and Utah at age 14, and in Nebraska and Oregon, the age is 17.
  • As is the case in Texas, ages for males and females to marry differs in some states. In New Hampshire, the ages at which you may get married with parental consent are 14 for males and 13 for females. In Kansas and Massachusetts, the age for marriage with consent is 14 for males and 12 for females (the youngest marriage age in the U.S.).
  • Parties may marry with parental consent for marriage by reason of pregnancy or the birth of a child even if they are underage in: Arkansas, Delaware, Indiana, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Washington, and West Virginia.

As a teenager considering marriage, you need to know how old you have to be to get married legally. Moreover, you need to be familiar with teen marriage’s legal requirements in the state where you want to get married. In the US, all but one state requires that a couple be 18 in order to get married without parental consent. Nebraska is the only state that sets the minimum age at 19. However, a few states will relinquish this rule if there is proof of pregnancy or birth of a baby; and teenage marriage may have to ask a judge for permission before being granted a marriage license.

If you are considering marriage and are not certain if you and your future spouse are eligible based on the rules about the legal marriage age of consent by state, you should consider contacting a family law attorney for help with your situation. A lawyer can also help you if you need to petition the court for judicial permission for a valid marriage.

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