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New Child Marriage Law Effective in Ohio

 (Ohio) – A new state marriage law prohibiting children under the age of 17 from marrying is now in effect.

The new law took effect on Monday, April 8th. The legislation raises the minimum age to marry to 18 for both parties but does allow 17-year-olds to marry if they meet certain requirements. Those requirements include: they must have juvenile court consent and go through a 14-day waiting period.

The new law also notes the age difference between the parties cannot be more than four years.

The proposal was signed into law by former Governor John Kasich on January 8th.

The previous law allowed females to marry at 16 and males to marry at 18. It also allowed Ohioans younger than those ages to marry if they received judicial and parental consent.



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