Marriageable age

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This is a very incomplete list of ages at which people are allowed to marry in various countries.

  • Australia: 18 generally, 16 under special circumstances with court approval.
  • Brazil: 18 generally; 16 with parental consent; unlimited in case of pregnancy; 12 with judicial consent (only to avoid partner from going to prison as a sex offender).
  • Canada: 18 generally, 16 with parental consent, 14 with judicial consent.
  • China (PRC): 22 for males, 20 for females.
  • Denmark: 18 generally, special immigration law only permits you to bring home a forreign bride or groom if you're over 24, one can marry at 15 with special letter of approval from the Queen and parental consent (16 after 2005).
  • Estonia: 18, 16 with parental consent.
  • France: 18 generally, 15 for females with parental consent.
  • Germany: 18 generally, 16 with court consent (partner must be older than 18).
  • Hungary: 18, 16 with parental consent.
  • India: 21 for males, 18 for females.
  • Iran: 15 for males, 13 for females (9 for females before 2002).
  • Israel: 17 for females.
  • Republic of Ireland: 18, 16 with parental consent.
  • Italy: 18 generally, 16 with permission from the tribunale dei minori.
  • Japan: 18 for males, 16 for females.
  • Netherlands: 18 generally, 16 if the female is pregnant or with child.
  • New Zealand: 20 generally, 16 with previous marriage or with parental consent.
  • Pakistan: 18 for males, 15 for females.
  • Philippines: 20 for males, 18 for females, 16 for males and 14 for females with parental consent.
  • Poland: 18, 16 for females with court consent
  • Portugal: 18, 16 with parental consent (if not possible, the court can provide the consent).
  • Romania: 18, 16 for females with parental consent.
  • Senegal: 20 for males, 16 for females.
  • South Korea: 18 or 19 generally.
  • Thailand: 20, 15 with parental consent.
  • United Kingdom: 18, 16 with parental consent.
  • United States: Usually 18. Most states, however, allow marriage at a younger age with parental and/or judicial consent. Some states allow marriage at a still younger age if the female is pregnant or with child.
    • California: 18 generally, unlimited with parental consent.
    • Florida: 18 generally, 16 with parental consent.
    • Mississippi: 17 for males, 15 for females, unlimited with parental consent.
    • New Hampshire: 18 generally; 14 for males and 13 for females, in cases of "special cause" with parental consent and court permission.
    • New York: 18 generally, 16 with parental consent, 14 for males and 13 for females with court permission.
    • North Carolina: 18 generally, 16 with parental consent, unlimited in case of pregnancy or birth of child with parental consent.
    • Texas: 18 generally, 14 with parental consent, 13 with court permission.
    • Utah: 18 generally for first marriage, 16 with parental consent, 14 with court approval or previous marriage.

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