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Legal minimum age to enter into marriage in UK to change from 16 to 18 years.

Legal minimum age to enter into a marriage in England and Wales is 16 years, although this requires parental consent if a participant is under 18 years.
Changing the law to 18 years will have a huge positive impact on arranged or forced marriages here in England and Wales as some are forced at 16.

When a child turns 18 they are expected to start making their own decisions and be treated like adults. They are obliged to take responsibility for their own lives, so why is the legal age of marriage in England and Wales 16 when they are still considered children? This is common in Asian communities where young 16 years old's are expected to marry and take on responsibility they are not ready for. Does a 16 year old understand what marriage is at that age? Are they ready for this commitment?

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Created By

Narinder Mall

Created On

Saturday 26 November 2016

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Thursday 1 January 1970

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