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Marriage to a Minor in Australia

There are very strict statutory laws in the Australian Marriage Act 1961, that govern who can be married and who can't.

'Minors' refers to anyone who is under the age of 18.

Whilst it is legal to be married if you are a minor who has reached 16 years of age, you will require the consent of a guardian or parent, or the consent of the courts (if you are under 18) prior to marriage.

It is illegal for two persons under the age of 18 to be married in Australia (at least one partner must have reached 18 years of age).


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