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Understanding State Statutes on Minimum Marriage Age and Exceptions

*The chart that can be downloaded at the button below was updated on July 1, 2019 to reflect changes in minimum marriage-age laws through June 2019, and covers all 50 states and Washington, DC.

For a different but complementary resource, a completely up-to-date summary of the nature of the marriage-age reforms enacted by over 20 states since 2016, please click here.

This chart, which was developed by the Tahirih Justice Center with pro bono assistance from Hogan Lovells US LLP, 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.

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