Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Friday, May 19, 2017

Utah Lawmaker Wants to Raise Marriage Age to 16

From the Daily Herald:

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah lawmaker says that even though only a handful of 15-year-olds marry in Utah each year, they’re children who aren’t ready and he wants to raise the minimum age to 16.

“This is kind of from a bygone era, from 50 years ago,” Rep. Adam Gardiner said Thursday. “Shotgun weddings are not that common anymore. I would define a 15-year-old marriage in this day and age as a child bride. I don’t think that would ever be appropriate.”

Utah currently allows those age 16 or 17 to marry if they have a parent or guardian’s consent, and 15-year-olds can marry with permission from a parent or guardian and a juvenile court judge.

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