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Teen Marriage

Before you, as a teenager, make a decision to try and marry before the legal age of your state or country, check out these resources. You may find that there will be a lot of hoops for you to jump through before you can get a marriage license.

Teen Marriage Advice
Teens who want to get married often look for advice on how to get around the laws so they can get married. What advice do you think these teens need to hear about teen marriage?

Before You Leap, Look! -- Teenage Marriage Basics
Before you leap into marriage, know the legal aspects of teen marriage and look at how your lives will be changed.

Teen Marriage
Includes some historical information. From your About.com Guide.

Teen Marriage License Laws
If you are under 18, you will need your parents' consent or a court order in most areas.

Another Reason Teens Shouldn't Marry
Studies of teen brains have given another reason why teens shouldn't marry. Teens don't think with the rational portion of their brains. Teens are making life changing decisions such as marriage and serving in the military with the wrong portion of their brains.

Teen Marriage Poll
Considering all the reasons marriage experts give for why teens shouldn't marry, when a teen wants to get married, parents have a difficult decision to make. Do you believe parents should always refuse to give consent to teen marriage?

Definition of emancipation in regards to minors and marriage.

Age of Consent
Definition of the Age of Consent and how it applies to teens who want to get married in the United States.

Age of Majority Chart
A listing of the age of majority in the United States. Arranged by states.

Why Didn't They Just Say No?
Saying they were powerless to stop the marriage, Windy Hager's parents signed the required consent form so their 16-year old daughter could marry her 40-year old high school track coach, Brenton Wuchae. Married on June 25, 2007 in North Carolina, the relationship started when Wendy was 14 and a freshman in high school.

Mann Act
Definition and background about the Mann Act in the United States. Teens considering getting married in a different state should have an understanding of this law.

Three Year Rule
Definition of the three year rule and how it applies to teens who want to get married.

FAQ on the AOC
The most frequently asked questions teens have about the Age of Consent.

Is Teen Marriage a Solution?
This is an interesting study by the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) that gives historical and current data on teenage marriages. This is a PDF file.

Teenage Marriage
This article says to weigh it carefully.

Am I in a Healthy Relationship?
KidsHealth.org answers the questions many teenagers ask: "It feels like love, but is it?" and "What makes a healthy relationship?"

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