California Marriage Age Requirements Laws
State laws regulating age limits for marriage are generally similar, although California is one of just a few states lacking a minimum age for marriage. However, minors (under the age of 18) must obtain both parental consent and a court order before they may legally tie the knot. Although couples seldom get married before they reach the age of majority, it is made available primarily to allow pregnant minors to marry.
The brief table below outlines the basics of California's marriage age requirement. See Marriage Requirements Basics: Consent, Age, and Capacity for more more information.
|Code Section||Family §300-303|
|Minimum Legal Age With Parental Consent||Male: No age limit; Female: No age limit|
|Minimum Legal Age Without Parental Consent||Male: 18; Female: 18|
|Comments||Minors under 18 need parental consent and a court order obtained on the showing the court requires|
Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a California family law attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
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