Bill seeks to limit minor marriage, faces opposition

By |2022-04-04T18:56:01+00:0012 Jul 2017|Categories: Family Law|


Family law in California is a complex matter, much more so than many people realize. This is particularly true when it comes to marriage, and some of the laws that govern who can and cannot marry.

Recently, a state senator for California advanced a bill seeking to amend our relatively flexible regulations surrounding underage marriage, but his proposal met with some significant opposition from groups like Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union.

The bill seeks to change the age restrictions for minors who want to marry, a legislative move that several other states such as New York and Texas have also recently made. Under the proposal, marriage would only be available to those 18 years of age or older. Currently, the law allows two minors to marry or a minor to marry a legal adult, provided that the minor or minors obtain a letter of permission from at least one of the minor’s parents or guardians and demonstrates to the court that he or she can and does consent to the marriage.

The bill intends to limit the number of children marrying into relationships where the minor is likely to suffer abuse, which is an element of many marriages between minors and adults. However, the groups that oppose the bill contend that the restrictions affect a larger number of individuals whom they believe should retain the right to marry. This suggests, instead, that the law should grant courts more tools to examine relationships for evidence of coercion to protect against potentially predatory relationships.

If you have a family law issue, it is important to understand exactly what the law allows in your state. An experienced family law attorney can help you explore these laws and build a personalized strategy to achieve your goals and protect your interests.

Source: Washington Free Beacon, “In California, Attempts to Ban Child Marriage Meet Opposition,” Charles Fain Lehman, July 06, 2017

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Dorie Anne Rogers - The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC
Dorie A. Rogers, a Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California, has been an attorney since 1981 with an exclusive family law practice located in Orange County. She is accepting dissolution cases with support and property issues including the use of forensics to ascertain business value, community interests and to establish monthly case flow analysis. Ms. Rogers has substantial experience in high conflict custody litigation involving sophisticated psychological issues. She drafts premarital and postmarital agreement designed to define and establish parties' separate and community property interests. Paternity cases and domestic violence matters are considered part of her practice. Ms. Rogers is a court-approved and court-appointed to represent minor children.Ms. Rogers consults with individuals concerned about entering or exiting a relationship. She advises effective strategies for dissolution or premarital planning. Knowledge is power and good planning affords better results.Specialties: Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California
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