States regulate marriages that occur within their borders. Generally, an adult couple can marry whoever and whenever they choose in all states, as long as they're only married to one person at a time.
However, all states have some laws relating to the legal age of majority or being considered an adult. In addition, states have laws about the minimum age, consent, and capacity required to get married. Many states permit parents, guardians, or the court, in some situations, to grant permission for a teen under 18 to marry. Even in states with this option, the courts will generally prevent children from marrying.
Marriage Age Laws in Idaho
The following table outlines the minimum legal ages for marriage in Idaho under different circumstances.
||Idaho Code Section 32-202: Persons Who May Marry
|Minimum Age without Parental Consent
||Anyone 18 years of age or older is considered able to legally consent to marriage
|Minimum Age with Parental Consent
||A minor can marry as young as 16 with parental consent, and only if there is no more than a three-year age gap between the two parties.
|Minimum Age with Court Order
||Children under the age of 16 cannot marry.
If you’re thinking of getting married in Idaho, you may want to start by reading about the marriage and divorce laws in your state. Also, if you’re underage, you should seriously consider whether now is the best time for you and your partner to get married. It’s important to involve your family, friends, and religious community (if any), to ensure a strong beginning to hopefully many years of wedded bliss.
Note: State laws change all the time. It’s important to speak with an experienced local family law attorney about any questions you have or conduct your own legal research to verify these family laws.
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