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Minimum Legal Age to Marry - Women

Minimum Legal Age to Marry - Women
Country nameAgeSource YearNote
Gambia, TheNo age limit2005No minimum legal age for marriage. The constitution states that men and women of "full age and capacity" shall have the right to marry and find a family.
MaldivesNo age limit2001No minimum legal age for marriage. An individual can enter into marriage once puberty has been reached, however, government policy strictly discourages marriages under the age of 16.
Saudi ArabiaNo age limit2003
SudanNo age limit2004Women in Sudan have a very low level of legal protection in relation to family matters. At time of publication, no information was available regarding laws that define a legal minimum age of marriage. According to available statistics, early marriage appears to be widespread.
Equatorial Guinea122004
Bolivia142007Marriages between adolescents have to be approved by their parents, although there does exist the option that, if the parents do not give their consent, a judge may authorize the marriage.
Guinea-Bissau142009
Madagascar142003
Mozambique142007
Venezuela142006
Mexico14-162006The legal minimum age for marriage varies by State: 26 states set the minimum age for marriage at 16 for men and 14 for women; 5 states establish an age of 16 for both sexes; and one state raised the age to 18 and 16 years, respectively.
Bahrain152007
Benin152005
Cameroon152000
Congo, Democratic Republic of the152006
Costa Rica152003Requires parental consent.
Gabon152005
Iran152003
Kuwait152004
Mali152006
Niger152007Requires parental consent for minors.
Afghanistan162005
Albania162003
Andorra162001
Argentina162002
Barbados162002
Dominica162003
Egypt162003
Hong Kong162009but parental consent is required for persons younger than 21 years
Indonesia162007
Isle of Man162009between the ages of 16 and 18 years parental consent is required.
Jersey162009Only if you are over the age of 16, and have the written consent of both parents or guardians
Korea, South162007
Luxembourg161997No minimum legal age for marriage. An individual can enter into marriage once puberty has been reached, however, government policy strictly discourages marriages under the age of 16.
Macedonia [FYROM]162009
Moldova162006
Pakistan162007
Paraguay162005Requires parental consent when younger than 20 years.
Peru162007
Poland162009The minimum marriageable age for both men and women has been set at 18. But the guardianship court may authorize the marriage a woman who has completed sixteen years of age, and circumstances indicate that the marriage would be compatible with the welfare of the family founded.(article 10, paragraph 1, of the Family and Guardianship Code).
Puerto Rico162009without parental authorisation, it is 21 years for both men and women.
Romania162006
Uganda162003
Vanuatu162007Requires parental consent.
Zimbabwe162009
United Kingdom16-18200316 Requires parental consent.
Armenia172002
Azerbaijan172007
Burkina Faso172005
Guinea172007
Israel172003
Korea, North172005
Syria172009but judges may authorise marriages at even younger ages: as low as 13 years for women and 15 years for men.
Tajikistan172009Under certain conditions, the courts can authorise marriage during the year before the spouses turn 17.
Thailand172006Requires parental consent for minors.
Togo172006
Turkey172005Requires parental consent for those aged below the age of legal competence .
Ukraine172003
Uzbekistan172006
Yemen172002Based on age of majority. Marriage may not be contracted with a minor, except where such marriage will entail some clear benefit.
Algeria182005
Angola182004
Antigua and Barbuda181997
Australia182006In exceptional circumstances, where one party to a proposed marriage is under the age of 18 years and has already turned 16 years, the court may grant approval to that person being married to a specific person over the age of 18 years.
Austria182003
Bahamas, The182003
Bangladesh182004
Belarus182004
Belgium182003
Belize181999
Bhutan182004
Bosnia and Herzegovina182006
Bulgaria182003
Burundi182007Exceptions may be made only on serious grounds such as pregnancy.
Cambodia182006
Canada182003
Cape Verde182006
Central African Republic182003
Chile182003
Colombia182007
Congo, Republic of the182003The State Procurator may, in a serious case, grant a dispensation of the minimum legal age.
Côte d'Ivoire182003
Croatia182005
Cuba182006
Cyprus182003
Czech Republic182003
Denmark182006If person is under 18, the Danish High Commissioner resident may grant permission to marry.
Dominican Republic182003
Ecuador182003Parental consent or authorization by a competent judge is required in the case of minors.
El Salvador182003
Eritrea182006
Estonia182003
Ethiopia182003
Finland182003
France182007
Georgia182006
Germany182003
Ghana182006
Greece182003
Guatemala182006
Haiti182007
Hungary182003
Iceland182003Data is from Ministry of Justice and Ecclesiastical Affairs of Iceland.
India182003
Iraq182003
Ireland181996From August 1, 1996 (under the Family Law Act, 1995) the minimum age at which a person, ordinarily resident in the State, may contract a marriage valid in Irish law is eighteen years of age; whether the marriage takes place in Ireland or elsewhere. This provision also applies where one party to the proposed marriage is over 18 years of age and the other is under 18, and to all non-residents who are marrying in the State. All persons applying to marry in the State must provide a Registrar with evidence of age and identity. Failure to produce such evidence will result in refusal to proceed with the marriage. Persons aged under 18 must obtain the permission of the Circuit Family Court or the High Court to get married.
Italy182003
Jamaica162011(Sections 3 ,24, 37) If one is above 16 but under 18 and not a widow or a widower then one requires the consent of one's parent or legal guardian. Persons 18 and above do not require consent unless the marriage is one in articulo mortis. In cases of marriages in articulo mortis, persons under the age of 21 who are not widows or widowers require the consent of the parent or legal guardian.
Jordan182007
Kazakhstan182007
Kenya182003
Kyrgyzstan182003
Laos182005
Latvia182004
Liberia182009
Liechtenstein182003
Lithuania182003
Malawi182003
Malaysia182006
Malta182004
Mauritania182007
Mauritius182006
Mongolia182001
Morocco182007
Burma182003
Nepal182003without parental authorisation, it is 20 years for both men and women.
Netherlands182003
Nicaragua182007
Norway182003
Oman182003
Panama182003
Philippines182006
Portugal182003
Russia182003
Saint Lucia182006
San Marino182003
Serbia182007
Slovakia181998
Slovenia182003
Somalia182009but women can marry at the age of 16 years with parental authorisation
South Africa182003
Spain182003
Sri Lanka182002Does not apply to Muslim population.
Swaziland182009but early marriage occurs in exceptional cases; women aged 16 or 17 years can marry with their parents’ consent
Sweden182007
Switzerland182003
Tanzania182003
Trinidad and Tobago182003
Turkmenistan18200518 years in the case of marriage to a foreigner
Uruguay182005
Vietnam182003
United States18-192003The legal minimum age for marriage varies by State.
Nigeria18-212009There are three forms of marriage in the country: monogamous marriage registered under the civil marriage law, customary marriage and Islamic marriage. In southern Nigeria, the minimum legal age for marriage is between 18 and 21 years of age, depending on the region; in the north it ranges from 12 to 15 years. In some regions, customary law allows girls to marry from the age of only nine years; such marriages are banned in two states, but remain common overall.
Samoa192005
China202003
Japan202003
New Zealand202003
Suriname202003
Tunisia202003
Botswana212003
Brazil212003
Cook Islands212007
Fiji212003
Libya212009but judges can grant permission for marriage at an earlier age
Namibia212003
Papua New Guinea212003
Rwanda212003
Sierra Leone212007Based on the Christian Marriage Act (no minimum age set for customary law). Persons under the age of 21 years are allowed to marry provided parental consent is given.
Singapore212001
Zambia212003
Lebanon9-152007Legal ages for marriage and Authority to grant license varries according to denominations.
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