Marriage under 18 to be Outlawed - MLP Law

Marriage under 18 to be Outlawed

  • Family Law
  • 18th Jun 2021

It has been reported that the government have pledged to raise the minimum legal age to marry to 18 years old. Currently in England and Wales 16 and 17 year olds can marry if they have parental consent. It is said that the government does support raising the age in order to protect vulnerable children and […]

By aleks

MLP Law

It has been reported that the government have pledged to raise the minimum legal age to marry to 18 years old. Currently in England and Wales 16 and 17 year olds can marry if they have parental consent.

It is said that the government does support raising the age in order to protect vulnerable children and enable children to grow in order to maximise their potential life chances. It is thought by some that this legal loophole has been exploited to coerce young people into marriage. Forced child marriage has for sometime been a hidden and harmful practice

It is reported that the will be a private members bills introduced to make it illegal for anyone under 18 to marry.

If you have any questions or queries related to the above please contact Rachael Wood who is the head of our Family team on 0161 928 1581 or email rachaelw@mlplaw.co.uk.

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