How Old Do You Have to Be to Get Married?


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According to FindLaw.com, the age for a legal marriage varies by state. As of 2014, every state views legal consent within the ages of 16 to 18. The majority of states recognize 16 as the legal marriage age, while a few hold to 17 or 18 as the legal age.

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FindLaw.com reports that with parental consent, most states will allow marriage at a younger age than the age of legal consent. While some states consider factors such as the sex of the child, the age of the more senior party and any contributing factors (pregnancy, previous legal marriage); others simply require parental and sometimes judicial consent for a minor to marry.

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