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Nebraska Marriage Age Requirements Laws

All states have age limits for minors who want to get married without parental consent, often with lower age limits for those with parental consent. Individuals who are at the age of majority of course are free to enter into any valid contract without a parent's permission, including marriage. The state has an interest in restricting minors from getting married in order to discourage marriage through coercion and helping to ensure that each party is able to make a relatively mature decision about such a important commitment.

Nebraska Marriage Age Requirements at a Glance

Since the age of majority in Nebraska is 19, those younger than 19 -- but at least 17 -- must get parental consent in order to get a marriage license. The statute does not provide exceptions for couples under 17 who have a child or are expecting a child, even if the parents would consent.

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Code Section 42-102, 42-105
Minimum Legal Age With Parental Consent Male: 17; Female: 17
Minimum Legal Age Without Parental Consent Male: 19; Female: 19
Comments There are no exceptions to the legal age limits (the state will not marry anyone under 17)

Note: State laws are always subject to change, usually through the enactment of newly signed legislation but often through new case law or other means. You may want to contact a Nebraska family law attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

How to Get Married in Nebraska

Eligible Nebraska couples must apply at their local county court house in person, each with a government-issued picture ID and a completed Marriage Worksheet (PDF). The state requires 17 and 18 year olds to bring certified copies of their birth certificates, along with a consenting parent or guardian. Your county clerk's Web site will have additional details.

Before you get married, you will want to consider all of the various changes it will entail, including finances, changing your name, planning a ceremony, having realistic expectations, and so on. Check out FindLaw's Getting Married Checklist to learn more.

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