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Indiana Marriage Age Requirement Laws

We’ve probably all had that dream: running off with your first crush and getting married. But if you’re wondering if you can really make it happen, you’re probably also wondering how old you actually have to be to get married in Indiana. The quick answer depends on whether your parents have given you permission to get hitched in the first place. State law can vary on this issue, so this article is a quick summary of the marriage age requirements in Indiana.

State Marriage Age Laws

Partners who reach the age of majority (18 and above in most states) may marry with relatively few restrictions. However, state marriage age requirement laws apply to minors. Some state age limit laws will allow partners with a child (or expecting a child) to get married, and a few states have no statutory age limits. Marriage age requirement laws in Indiana restrict marriage to those 16 and older with parental consent.

Marriage Age Statutes in Indiana

The following box includes the code section and highlights of Indiana's marriage age requirements.

Code Section

31-11-1-4 to 31-11-1-6

Minimum Legal Age With Parental Consent

Male: 17; Female: 17

Minimum Legal Age Without Parental Consent

Male: 18; Female: 18

Comments

Minors ages 15-17 may obtain license in case of pregnancy, birth of child and with approval of judge of superior or county court.

Marriage Requirements

Be aware that your fairy tale wedding might never become a reality if you don’t take care of a few technical marriage requirements and get an actual marriage license. Indiana residents must apply for a marriage license in the county in which one of you resides while out-of-state residents can apply in the county where the marriage will take place. Each of you must provide photo identification, a certified copy of your birth certificate, as well as your parents’ names and the counties in which they were born.

If either of you were previously married you must provide the date of the divorce (be aware that some counties will require a copy of the divorce decree). The fee is $18, if one of you is an Indiana resident, $60 for out-of-state residents, and $2 for each copy of the marriage certificate. It is best to check with your local county clerk, as some counties require the fees to be paid in cash.

Indiana Marriage Age Requirement Laws: Related Resources

Indiana’s marriage statutes may differ from other state laws on marriage and are subject to change. If you would like more legal assistance, you can contact an Indiana family law attorney in your area. You can also visit FindLaw's section on Getting Married for additional articles and resources.

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