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New Hampshire Marriage Age Requirements Laws

While marriage is a lifelong commitment to the person you love, it is also a legal contract granted by the state. As such, each state has specific age requirements for those wishing to get married, while adults (those over the age of majority, usually 18) are free to get married without permission. Minors down to a certain age limit may get married in most states with a parent or guardian's permission, while many states provide exceptions in the case of pregnancy if the court grants permission. But some states will not grant marriage licenses to people under a certain age for any reason at all.

The reasons for these age limits are to ensure that anyone choosing to get married has the maturity (in theory, at least) to make such an important decision, and also to discourage young people from being coerced into marriage.

Marriage Age Requirements in New Hampshire: Overview

The state of New Hampshire requires males as young as 14 and females as young as 13 to obtain parental consent before a marriage license will be granted. The statute does not provide specific exceptions, but allows the judge to grant marriage license requests if he or she believes it is in the couple's best interests. See Getting Married in New Hampshire, provided by the state Department of Resources and Economic Development, to learn more.

Additional information about New Hampshire's marriage age laws is listed below. See FindLaw's Getting Married section for related articles and resources.

Code Section 457:4 to 457:6
Minimum Legal Age With Parental Consent Male: 14; Female: 13
Minimum Legal Age Without Parental Consent Male: 18; Female: 18
Exceptions The judge, "if satisfied that special cause exists making such marriage desirable, shall grant permission" to petitioning minor(s) in the absence of parental consent
Comments Any marriage contracted by persons under 18 may, in discretion of superior court, be annulled at suit of the party who at the time of marriage was under 18. The parent or guardian can also annul, unless the parties confirm marriage upon reaching age of consent (18 years).

Note: State laws may change at any time through the enactment of newly signed legislation or other means. While we strive to ensure the accuracy of these pages, you may also want to contact a New Hampshire family law attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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