England and Wales increase legal age for marriage to 18

todayFebruary 27, 2023

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England and Wales have raised the legal age of marriage to 18 with a new law that also covers non-legally binding ceremonies. The previous law allowed marriage at the age of 16 or 17 with parental consent and did not prohibit non-registered ceremonies for younger children. The government has stated that this new legislation will protect vulnerable children from forced marriage. The new act states that it is illegal to arrange a marriage for children under any circumstance, punishable by up to seven years in prison. The change does not apply to Scotland and Northern Ireland, where the minimum age of marriage remains 16. However, Northern Ireland intends to raise the minimum age to 18, but legislation cannot be passed until the devolved government is in operation.

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