Changes to Utah Code as to What Age Minors Can Marry

There were a lot of changes in family law that the Utah Legislature made in its 2019 session.

One amendment was made to Section 30-1-2 of the Utah Code. Section 30-1-2 used to provide that a minor could marry when the male or female is 15 years of age, if the minor and the parent or guardian of the minor obtained the parents’ permission and a written authorization to marry from either a juvenile court judge in the county where either party to the marriage resides; or a court commissioner.

Not anymore. Now, the youngest age at which minor children can marry in Utah is 16, and a child who is 16 or older, but younger than 18 still cannot marry without parental permission and a juvenile court judge’s or commissioner’s written authorization. See Section 30-1-9.

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