Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Marriage of 13-Year-Old Daughter to 14-Year-Old-Boy Sends Father on Crusade to Change Georgia Law

Brandon Balch has launched a crusade to change Georgia law after learning that his 13-year-old daughter got married in Georgia to a 14-year-old boy. Georgia law allows minors to marry without parental consent if the bride-to-be is pregnant. A similar statue in Florida gives a judge discretion to issue a marriage license to minors without parental consent if the couple is expecting a child. Balch and his sister, Sharon Cline, have spent the last 18 months writing letters to lawmakers in both states urging them for tougher requirements before minors can wed. If he had known of his daughter's plan to marry, Balch would have appeared in court and opposed the marriage, he said. When his 13-year-old daughter got married, she was living with Balch's ex-wife in Alabama. ''Most states require the consent of parents,'' he said. ``At no time did they live together and function as a married couple. They both lived with their mothers, neither could work or drive.'' Source. Jennifer Lebovich, The Miami Herald, herald.com. For more information, please click here (last visited December 1, 2005, reo.)

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