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Getting married? Here are Georgia's regulations

Marriage is an important step in many people's lives. It only becomes tricky to get married when you're very young. While each state is different when it comes to the legal age to get married, Georgia has clear laws that make it easy to know what is and is not acceptable.

In Georgia, the age when a minor can get married is 16 with parental consent. That means that as long as the minor's parents agree to the marriage, they can attend the court and sign off on the marriage in front of the judge. Without parental consent, the minimum legal age for marriage is 18. At that point, anyone in the United States is legally able to get married without consent.

Minors under the minimum age to get married can still obtain a license without a parent's consent if that minor is pregnant or has given birth to a child. This is the only exception that Georgia recognizes. Parents need to go before the judge to consent to the marriage of those under the age of 18 if this is not the case.

To obtain a marriage license, you or your fiancé must have a license, passport or birth certificate. There is a marriage license fee that applies to all marriages, but if you'd like to avoid paying that fee, there is a counseling course that you can take. It is six hours long and provides you with simple information on budgeting, conflict resolution and other marital concerns. The marriage fee without this course varies based on your county of residence. Your attorney can help you better understand the costs associated with your marriage, and if you'd like to consider a prenuptial agreement or other arrangement, this should also be discussed before your big day.

Source: FindLaw, "Georgia Marriage Age Requirements Laws," accessed Jan. 26, 2017

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