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    Question: i am only 16 and my boyfriend is 21, can we get married with out having problems with the law?

    Answer: According to Arizona Law, A.R.S. § 25-102, titled "Consent required for marriage of minors,” a person under the age of 18 cannot marry without the consent of the parent or guardian having custody of such person. A person under 16 cannot marry without the consent of the parent or guardian having custody of that person and the approval of any superior court judge in the state.

    When both parents are living the consent of either parent is sufficient. When the parents are living apart, the consent shall be given by the parent who has the custody of the minor.

    Before authorizing the marriage of a person who is under sixteen years of age, the court:

    1. Shall require both parties to the marriage to complete premarital counseling.The court may waive this requirement if the court determines that premarital counseling is not reasonably available. 
    2. Must find that the minor is entering into the marriage voluntarily.
    3. Must find that the marriage is in the best interests of the minor under the circumstances. 
    4. May require that the minor continue to attend school.
    5. May require any other condition that the court determines is reasonable under the circumstances.

    A marriage shall not take place under this section if it is prohibited by the law relating to prohibited and void marriages (A.R.S. § 25-101).


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    6 thru 10 of 17 comments     1  [ 2 ]  3   4    
    On 09/22/08
    truth from NJ said:
    i really dont thing that ppl should marry so young i mean sure you'll have a husband and someone that's there 4 u but i mean think about what else is going happen imagine all the relationships u missed experisance i seriously think u should wait till ur older(^^)
    On 09/22/08
    from AL said:
    i really dont thing that ppl should marry so young i mean sure you'll have a husband and someone that's there 4 u but i mean think about what else is going happen imagine all the relationships u missed experisance i seriously think u should wait till ur older(^^)
    On 09/15/08
    brenda from FL said:
    well i think that if u really like this person u should beable to marry them my boyfriend is 21 to and i'm 16 and i like him alot but my parnets dont agree that i should be seeing him cause he is 6 years older than me but i like him alot and we have been to gether for 6 months now and we are very happy so u fight for what u want cause if u like someone it shuldnt matter there age unless there like 10 years older than u because it not rigt if a 20 year old can marry a 40 year old if they want and we cant marry someone who is only like 6 to 8 years older then us as long as u get perrmison
    On 07/30/08
    Klear from MI said:
    This is a case of statutory rape. You are more than likely going to get this person in trouble by trying to marry them without consent. I am guessing the reason you asked this question is because your parents aren't consenting. However, if they wanted to, they could file charges against your boyfriend, who is far to old for someone who is 16. Later in live age doesn't matter, but right now it does. It's illegal for person over the age of 18 to be with someone who is a minor!!
    On 07/22/08
    Star from CA said:
    let's see. well people have the right to do that. i mean if that's really what you want and your sure of it go for it. and your parents have to be ok with it. older people always say that a 15/16 dont know what love is. and i atually belive that some of us do. love is basically when someone loves another person and that other person loves them back. they would do anything for each other. i can go on, but im in class. i'll continue thhis tomorrow or later on. but anyways you aren't to young to fall inlove. i am 15 going on 16 and he 21. i love him
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