Ohio Marriage Age Requirements Laws

Overview of State Marriage Age Requirements

State laws set age limits for marriage, while allowing certain exceptions for minors with extenuating circumstances. For example, most states (including Ohio) allow minors to get married with consent of juvenile court in the event of a pregnancy. Ohio's marriage requirement laws permit both males and females to get married without parental consent at age 18.

What are the Marriage Age Requirement Laws in Ohio?

But while females in Ohio may get married as young as 16 with the consent of both parents, only a juvenile court (in limited cases) may consent to a marriage involving a male under 18. Also, prospective couples must not be closer in kin than second cousins. The concept of "common law" marriage -- in which couples do not seek a marriage license but otherwise live together as spouses -- was abolished in Ohio in 1991.

Ohio counties typically maintain online marriage license registration services and will perform civil ceremeonies for a fee of roughly $75. Marriage license offices with online registration include:

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

In most cases, marriage does not require the help of an attorney. But if you are below the legal marriage age requirement and have extenuating circumstances (such as a pregnancy), an experienced family law attorney can help protect your interests. Also, you will need a lawyer if you plan to sign (or are confronted with) a prenuptial agreement.

The brief table below outlines the basic parameters of Ohio's marriage age requirements, 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 covering a wide variety of topics.

Code Section 3101.01 to 3101.05
Minimum Legal Age With Parental Consent Male: 18; Female: 16
Minimum Legal Age Without Parental Consent Male: 18; Female: 18
Comments Parties under minimum age may marry with consent of juvenile court where female is pregnant and intends to have the child.

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

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