Young couples might have to wait until they’re 17 years old to get married in Georgia.
A bill introduced in the Georgia House would raise the minimum marriage age from 16 to 17 with parental consent.
Most states, including Georgia, allow 16-year-olds to marry if they have permission from their parents.
“Couples that marry early have a higher likelihood of divorce,” said state Rep. Andy Welch, a Republican from McDonough who introduced House Bill 228 on Friday. “I’m concerned about their well-being in making those decisions because it does have a significant impact on their future.”
Those under 18 would have to complete at least six hours of premarital education from a professional, including instruction on conflict management, communication skills, financial responsibilities and parenting responsibilities. They would also have to be freed from parental control by a judge.
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