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Latest items for AOM-LAW-1

Jan. 15, 2022, 6:54 p.m.
Countries: Croatia
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age for marriage is 18; children older than 16 may marry with a judge’s written consent" (14).
Jan. 14, 2022, 6:24 p.m.
Countries: Dominican Republic
Variables: MARR-LAW-1, AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age for marriage with parental consent is 16 for boys and 15 for girls" (19).
Jan. 14, 2022, 10:50 a.m.
Countries: Belize
Variables: AOM-LAW-1, AOM-DATA-2

"The legal minimum age to marry is 18, but persons between ages 16 and 18 may marry with the consent of parents, legal guardians, or judicial authority. According to UNICEF, 29 percent of women ages 20 to 49 were married or cohabitating before reaching age 18" (13).
Jan. 13, 2022, 1:27 p.m.
Countries: Costa Rica
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum legal age of marriage is 18. The law establishes penalties for sex with minors and prohibits child marriage. The crime carries a penalty of up to three years in prison for an adult having sex with a person under age 15, or under 18 if the age difference is more than five years" (11).
Jan. 13, 2022, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum age for marriage is 18 years for women and men"(40).
Jan. 11, 2022, 12:20 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The law stipulates that to marry, the male partner must be age 18 or older and the female partner 16 or older. A person younger than age 20 may not marry without at least one parent’s approval. A law creating gender parity in the legal age to marry, 18 for both sexes, comes into force in 2022" (19).
Jan. 10, 2022, 10:08 a.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age for marriage for both sexes is 18 years; anyone younger than 21 must have parental consent. Under Muslim personal law, Muslim boys may marry at 15 and girls may marry when they reach puberty" (29).
Jan. 8, 2022, 9:32 p.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal age for marriage is 18, but parents, with the informed consent of the minor, may secure a waiver from a judge for underage marriage" (33).
Jan. 7, 2022, 11:10 a.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Art. 401.2. of the Somali 1962 Penal Code states: 'Whoever, with violence, threat, or deceit, abducts or detains for purposes of marriage an unmarried person, shall be punished with imprisonment [96 P.C.] from one to three years.' This 1962 Penal Code is referreed back to when the current Provisional Constitution is not clear" (1).
Jan. 4, 2022, 11:45 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age of marriage is 18 for both boys and girls. Persons age 16 to 18 may apply to a judge or magistrate for an order authorizing marriage to a person who has attained 18 years; the marriage of the minor also requires parental or guardian consent. Two persons younger than age 18 may not marry each other" (13).
Dec. 27, 2021, 10:10 a.m.
Countries: Taiwan
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age of marriage is 18 years for men and 16 for girls" (13).
Dec. 20, 2021, 11:19 a.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The law provides that both (consenting) partners must be at least 18 years of age to marry" (10).
Dec. 17, 2021, 6:27 p.m.
Countries: Cote D'Ivoire
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"A law passed in July equalizes the age of majority for women and men to get married at age 18. The law prohibits the marriage of men and women younger than age 18 without parental consent" (21).
Dec. 16, 2021, 11:23 p.m.
Countries: Hungary
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age of marriage is 18. The Social and Guardianship Office may authorize marriages of persons between the ages of 16 and 18" (28).
Dec. 10, 2021, 5:27 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum legal age for marriage is 18 for both men and women. Local authorities may authorize marriage from age 16 under certain circumstances. More than a dozen regions allow marriage from age 14 under special circumstances, such as pregnancy or the birth of a child" (57).
Dec. 3, 2021, 8:55 p.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" (11).
Dec. 3, 2021, 9:11 a.m.
Countries: Venezuela
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age for marriage is 18 for women and men, but with parental consent the minimum age is 16" (28).
Dec. 2, 2021, 7:34 p.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 justice and security in the Netherlands or the minister of justice in Aruba grants a dispensation based on the parties’ request" (13-14).
Nov. 30, 2021, 2:34 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: MARR-LAW-1, AOM-LAW-1

"President Abbas issued a presidential decree declaring a marriage legal only if both parties enter into the marriage willingly and both are 18 years old, but the decree provides an exception for minors if a judge agrees the marriage is in 'the best interest of both parties'"(97).
Nov. 30, 2021, 2:33 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The law sets the minimum age of marriage at 18 years, with some exceptions for minors due to pregnancy and for couples older than age 16 if the court permitted it due to unique circumstances" (38).
Nov. 17, 2021, 8:27 p.m.
Countries: Singapore
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Individuals younger than 21 who wish to marry must obtain parental consent, and the couple must attend a mandatory marriage preparation program. Individuals younger than 18 also require a special license from the Ministry of Social and Family Development to wed or, if they are marrying under Muslim law, they require permission from the kadi (a Muslim judge appointed by the president), who will grant permission only under special conditions" (23-24).
Nov. 16, 2021, 6:38 p.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age of marriage is 18, although courts may grant permission for girls as young as 16 to marry under certain circumstances" (16).
Nov. 15, 2021, 7:25 p.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: AOM-LAW-1, AOM-DATA-2

"The minimum age for marriage is 18, but juvenile courts may authorize marriages for individuals as young as 16. Forced marriage is punishable by up to five years in prison, or six years if it involves a minor under the age of 18. Forced marriage even for religious reasons is also penalized. In a report released in February, the NGO ECPAT International estimated the rate of illegal child marriages (within the community, but not recognized by law) in the shantytowns of Rome to be as high as 77 percent" (16).
Nov. 11, 2021, 11:34 a.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum legal age for men and women to marry is 18"(22).
Nov. 10, 2021, 10:14 p.m.
Countries: Cuba
Variables: MARR-LAW-1, 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" (29).
Nov. 9, 2021, 11:34 a.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The law defines 18 as the minimum age for marriage, although children may marry at 17 with parental permission and at 16 with court approval" (57).
Nov. 8, 2021, 2:18 p.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum age of marriage is 16 years for minors’ living on their own. Underage marriage is not uncommon in the Romani community" (17).
Nov. 4, 2021, 7:05 p.m.
Countries: Luxembourg
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1, AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum legal age for marriage is 18 but can be waived by a guardianship judge. In its 2017 report, the country’s Ombudsman Committee for the Rights of Children noted that forced marriage had become a problem as a result of immigration, but no official data on it was available" (10).
Nov. 3, 2021, 9:41 a.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1, AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum age for marriage is 18. A court may grant a child as young as 16 permission to marry if it finds marriage to be in the child’s interest. Romani rights groups reported early marriages involving girls younger than 18 were common in the Romani community" (45).
Nov. 3, 2021, 9:32 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Civil Law has determined 18 years of age for men and 16 for women as the minimum age of marriage" (14).