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New Jersey Marriage Age Requirements Laws

Anyone who is of the age of majority (18 in most states), and who meets other criteria, is free to marry whomever they want. But state laws have marriage age limits for different circumstances. For instance, New Jersey couples may get married as young as 16 with parental consent, while minors younger than 16 also need the approval of court. Courts tend to encourage marriage of minors in the event of childbirth or pregnancy.

The main provisions of New Jersey's marriage age requirement laws are listed in the chart below. See FindLaw's Getting Married section for additional articles and resources.

Code Section 37:1-6
Minimum Legal Age With Parental Consent Male: 16; Female: 16 (unless parents of unsound mind)
Minimum Legal Age Without Parental Consent Male: 18; Female: 18
Comments Minors under 16 may obtain license by parental consent and approval of court. If male under 18 yrs. old and has been arrested on charge of sexual intercourse with single female who thereby became pregnant, consent not required.

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a New Jersey family law attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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