Age Requirements for Marriage

Many people know that the age requirement to get married in Illinois, and most, if not all states for that matter, is 18.  However, did you know that with parental consent, couples 16 and 17 years old can get married?  ILCS 750 5/203 and 5/208 explicitly lays out the age requirements and state, “If no parents to consent, judicial consent with finding that parties are capable of marriage.  No provisions for marriage under age 16.”  So basically, no matter what, no one under 16 can get married.  However, if there is no parental consent but the Court finds that the couple is capable of marriage, which I assume the burden is heavy to show, 16 and 17 year olds can still get married if the Court allows it.

Logistics of getting a marriage license:

To actually get married, the couple must obtain a marriage license from the county clerk’s office.  To obtain this license, each party will need to sign the application and present identification, such as a driver’s license, passport or birth certificate.  Also, if either party was divorced in the past six (6) months, a certified copy of the divorce decree will need to be shown.  Marriage license fees range from $30.00 to $60.00 depending on what county you are in and there is a 24-hour waiting period to get married.

Since most people don’t want to throw a big wedding party and legally not be married, it makes sense to be mindful with it comes to the state laws on marriage.

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