Child Marriage in New Jersey

CURRENT LAW

The minimum marriage age in New Jersey is 18. However, children ages 16 or 17 may wed with “parental consent” (with no process in place to ensure it’s not actually “parental coercion”), and children 15 or younger may wed with judicial approval (with no minimum age below which a judge may no longer approve a marriage, and with no instructions for judges not to approve marriages for couple at ages or with age differences that are considered statutory rape).

A bill that’s advancing in New Jersey, A3091/S2528 would eliminate those exceptions and reserve marriage, which is a serious legal contract, for those who have reached the legal age of majority: 18.