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Latest items for AOM-LAW-1

April 17, 2019, 9:19 a.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age for marriage is 18. On August 17, legislators approved a ban on child marriage to prevent child abusers from using legal technicalities to avoid imprisonment" (p. 24).
April 16, 2019, 7:47 p.m.
Countries: Bhutan
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Enforce the Marriage Act of 1980, which sets the minimum age of marriage at 18 years for women and men" (11).
April 15, 2019, 9:10 p.m.
Countries: Honduras
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"On July 12, the congress amended the law to raise the minimum legal age of marriage for both boys and girls to 18 with parental consent. It was previously 16 for girls with parental consent" (p. 24).
April 12, 2019, 7:56 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"[Hong Kong] The legal minimum age of marriage is 16, and parents’ written consent is required for marriage before the age of 21. There was no evidence of early or forced marriage in the SAR" (page 115). "[Macau] The minimum age for marriage is 16. Children between ages 16 and 18 who wish to marry must get approval from their parents or guardians" (page 136).
April 11, 2019, 11:47 p.m.
Countries: Cote D'Ivoire
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Article 4 of the Marriage Act provides that only men and women of full legal age may consent to their marriage" (35).
April 11, 2019, 8:01 a.m.
Countries: Ecuador
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal age of marriage is 18" (p. 24).
April 10, 2019, 8:03 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The law sets the minimum age of marriage at 18 years, with some exceptions for younger children due to pregnancy and for couples older than 16 years old if the court permitted it due to unique circumstances" (40).
April 10, 2019, 2:23 p.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age for marriage is 20 for both men and women, but persons between 16 and 19 years of age may marry with parental permission" (p. 9).
April 9, 2019, 12:57 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1, AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age of marriage for girls is 13, but girls as young as nine years old may be married with permission from the court and their fathers" (37).
April 9, 2019, 7:26 a.m.
Countries: Uruguay
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age for marriage is 18, but with parental consent is age 12 for girls and age 14 for boys" (p. 12).
April 8, 2019, 10:56 a.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The country’s minimum age for marriage is 18 for both sexes" (p. 10).
April 8, 2019, 7:22 a.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum age for marriage is 18 for women and men, but both sexes may marry at 16 with the consent of both parents exercising parental authority, or a guardian, or, in default of the latter, a court decision" (p. 12).
April 5, 2019, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Both boys and girls may legally marry at 15, and the law permits marriage at 14 with parental and village consent" (11).
April 5, 2019, 8:26 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum legal age for marriage is 16. In England and Wales, persons under 18 and not previously married require the written consent of parents or guardians, and the underage person must present a birth certificate... The legal minimum age to enter into a marriage in Scotland is 16 and does not require parental consent" (p. 16 - 17).
April 5, 2019, 7:53 a.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum marriage age is 18. Enforcement, however, was inconsistent across the states, where some civil codes permit girls to marry at 14 and boys at 16 with parental consent. With a judge’s consent, children may marry at younger ages" (p. 27).
April 5, 2019, 6:49 a.m.
Countries: Bolivia
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum age for marriage is 14 for girls and 16 for boys. Minors’ parents or guardians must approve marriages between adolescents under 18" (p. 21).
April 4, 2019, 3:14 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The age of legal marriage for men and women is 18 years, although a judge may permit a person to marry younger when the judge or family deemed the marriage was in the minor’s interest" (15).
April 2, 2019, 11:06 a.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum legal age for marriage is 18. Adolescents between the ages of 16 and 18 may legally contract a marriage by special permit and parental consent or court action" (p. 11).
April 1, 2019, 7:43 a.m.
Countries: Chile
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age of marriage is 18 (16 with parental consent)" (p. 11).
April 1, 2019, 7:42 a.m.
Countries: Netherlands
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age of marriage is 18 in all parts of the kingdom. In the Netherlands and Aruba, there are two exceptions: if the persons concerned are older than 16 and the girl is pregnant or has given birth, or if the Minister of Security and Justice in the Netherlands or the Minister of Justice in Aruba grants a dispensation based on the parties’ request. Underage marriages were rare" (p. 13).
March 31, 2019, 3:59 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1, AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum legal age for marriage is 18 for both men and women. Local authorities may authorize marriage from the age of 16 under certain circumstances, and even earlier in some regions" (48).
March 29, 2019, 5:33 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The Marriage, Divorce, and Family Relations Act sets the minimum age for marriage at 18. On April 2, the president signed a constitutional amendment removing a provision that allowed marriage at age 15 with parental consent" (para 99).
March 29, 2019, 4:03 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age for marriage is 22 for men and 20 for women. Child marriage was not known to be a problem, but there were reports of babies sold to be future brides. In such cases families would adopt and raise babies for eventual marriage to their sons" (page 59).
March 28, 2019, 10:34 a.m.
Countries: Cuba
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age of consent for marriage is 18. Marriage for girls as young as 14 and for boys as young as 16 is permitted with parental consent" (p. 23).
March 27, 2019, 7:30 a.m.
Countries: Finland
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum age of marriage is 18, but the law allows exceptions. Minors who want to marry must submit an application to the Ministry of Justice providing a justification based on religious beliefs, cultural practices, or pregnancy. The minister of justice makes the final ruling on whether to approve a request to marry" (p. 11).
March 27, 2019, 6:35 a.m.
Countries: Denmark
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age for marriage is 18" (p. 11).
March 25, 2019, 2:20 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: MARR-LAW-1, AOM-LAW-1

"The 2011 National Children’s Act sets the marriage age for all persons at 18, while the Domestic Relations Act sets the minimum marriage age at 21 for men and 18 for women. The Equal Rights of the Traditional Marriage Act of 1998 permits a girl to marry at age 16" (25).
March 22, 2019, 10:53 p.m.
Countries: Luxembourg
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum legal age of marriage is 18 for men and 16 for women, provided one of the partners is a resident of the country. Permission of at least one parent is required if one of the partners is under 16" (10).
March 22, 2019, 8:47 a.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The law establishes 16 years as the legal minimum age of marriage" (p. 12).
March 21, 2019, 11:12 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal age for marriage is 18 for men and 17 for girls. A boy or girl who is 15 or older may marry if a judge deems both parties willing, 'physically mature,' and if the fathers or grandfathers of both parties consent" (para 212).