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Age is an additional aspect of consent to marry. All states prescribe the age which must be reached by both parties to the marriage for the couple to be able to legally agree to become husband and wife without parental permission. For all but two states this “age of consent” is eighteen (in Mississippi the age is twenty-one and in Nebraska the age is nineteen).

The states vary in determining the minimum age at which a couple can marry with parental consent. However, for the majority of states, this age is sixteen though in a very few states, this age is as low as fourteen.

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