Minimum marriage age rises to 18 in England and Wales, family law sector reacts

Isabel Baxter, 28/02/2023

The age for marriage and civil partnerships in England and Wales has risen to 18 under a law to tackle forced marriages.

Previously, people could get married at 16 or 17 if they had parental consent and there was no law against ceremonies for younger children which were not registered with local councils.

The new legislation also covers non-legally binding ceremonies.

Previously, forced marriage was only an offence if coercion, such as threats, was used.


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