Maryland Marriage Laws

§ 2-301 - Marriage of individual 16 or 17 years old; marriage of individual under the age of 16 years

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Maryland Code - Family Law - Title 2: Marriage - Subtitle 3: Marriage of Certain Minors § 2-301

Marriage of individual 16 or 17 years old; marriage of individual under the age of 16 years

(a) Marriage of individual 16 or 17 years old.- An individual 16 or 17 years old may not marry unless: (1) the individual has the consent of a parent or guardian and the parent or guardian swears that the individual is at least 16 years old; or (2) if the individual does not have the consent of a parent or guardian, either party to be married gives the clerk a certificate from a licensed physician or certified nurse practitioner stating that the physician or nurse practitioner has examined the woman to be married and has found that she is pregnant or has given birth to a child. (b) Marriage of individual 15 years old.- An individual 15 years old may not marry unless: (1) the individual has the consent of a parent or guardian; and (2) either party to be married gives the clerk a certificate from a licensed physician or certified nurse practitioner stating that the physician or nurse practitioner has examined the woman to be married and has found that she is pregnant or has given birth to a child. (c) Marriage of individual under the age of 15 years.- An individual under the age of 15 may not marry.

[An. Code 1957, art. 62, § 9; 1984, ch. 296, § 2; 1999, ch. 231; 2008, chs. 232, 233.]

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