How old should a woman have to be to legally marry with her parents’ consent?

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Gallup posed this question to Americans in one of its earliest polls, in 1937. At the time, 53% thought “girls” should be 18 years old to legally marry with parental agreement. The rest had opposing views: 25% said girls should have to be 19 or older, while nearly as many, 22%, said they could be younger than 18.

Although most states now set 18 as the minimum age a girl can freely marry without her parents’ blessing, every state allows exceptions in certain cases, such as with parental consent or when she is pregnant.

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James Stout has practiced law in Orange County since 1995 and is highly regarded by the business community. He has passed three bar exams, California, Arizona and Nevada.
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