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Understanding State Statutes on Minimum Marriage Age and Exceptions

The chart that can be accessed at the “download” button below, updated November 30, 2023, serves as a resource for understanding the state legal regimes that permit child marriages to happen in the United States. It is an eye-opening compilation of the actual text of all 50 states’ laws on minimum marriage age and exceptions that among other things, highlights how many states set which age “floors” for marriage.

For 50-state appendices with detailed “scorecards” on features of states’ minimum marriage age laws, updated as of November 30, 2023, click here.

For a 50-state analysis of the alarming disconnect between minimum marriage ages, age of majority, and statutory rape laws, updated as of August 1, 2020, click here.

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