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Texas Marriage Age Requirements Laws

State Marriage Age Requirements at a Glance

All but three states require individuals to be of a certain age in order to get married, although these laws typically allow minors with extenuating circumstances to tie the knot. For instance, minors (in most cases) can seek court approval for a marriage license if there is a pregnancy or a child involved. Marriage age limits are intended to protect young people from being coerced into marriage, but also to ensure that individuals have the maturity required for such a commitment.

What are the Marriage Age Requirement Laws in Texas?

Texas law permits individuals who have reached the age of majority (18) to get married without parental consent. However, those 14 and older may get married with the consent of their parents or legal guardians. In those instances, consent must be given within 30 days prior to applying for a marriage license.

In order to apply for a marriage license in Texas, visit your corresponding county clerk's office. You will be asked for a valid, government-issued picture I.D. and will be required to pay $71 (or $11 for couples who attend the state-approved marriage education class). The websites for select Texas counties are listed below:

Do I Need to Consult with an Attorney Prior to Getting Married?

Marriage rarely requires the help of a lawyer, unless there are unusual circumstances involved. And if you plan to sign a prenuptial agreement, it is a good idea to consult an attorney first.

Learn about the basics of Texas marriage age requirements in the following table, with links to related materials. See Marriage Requirements Basics: Consent, Age, and Capacity for more information, and check FindLaw's extensive Marriage Law section for more articles and resources.

Code Section §2.102 §2.101, 2.103
Minimum Legal Age With Parental Consent Male: 14; Female: 14; (consent must be given during 30 day period immediately preceding the date of application for license)
Minimum Legal Age Without Parental Consent Male: 18; Female: 18
Comments Minors under 18 can petition court in his own name for permission to marry

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

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