Should the marriage age be raised to 18? Should the marriage age be raised to 18?
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    Default Should the marriage age be raised to 18?

    https://www.economist.com/blogs/econ...ist-explains-2

    Based on USA, however: -
    Parents may think they have their child’s best interest in mind by allowing an early marriage, especially if their daughter is pregnant. But in the vast majority of cases they actually harm her, sometimes irreparably. Between 70-80% of child marriages end in divorce. Married children are twice as likely to live in poverty and three times more likely to be beaten by spouses than are married adults. Around 50% more of them drop out of high school, and they are four times less likely to finish college. They are at considerably higher risk of diabetes, cancer, stroke and other physical illnesses. And they are much more likely to suffer from mental-health problems. That is why activists are so intransigent in pushing for a complete ban. They are gaining ground. Virginia, Texas and New York have introduced laws that restrict marriage to legal adults. (In some states, people under 18 can become legal adults, with the associated rights, in order to marry.) Connecticut has banned marriage for the under-16s. In 11 other states legislation restricting child marriage is in the pipeline; Arizona, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Pennsylvania are considering blanket bans on marriage for those under 18.

    In 2000-2015 there were 10 children aged 12 who were married in the USA!

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    no it should be raised to 95 so no-one can be foolish enough to do it

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    Quote Originally Posted by gnarledcontractor View Post
    no it should be raised to 95 so no-one can be foolish enough to do it
    The family courts have recently been taking more of an interest where people live together. So there is no way out.....

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    Declaration of trust should do the job. My solicitor friend is of the opinion that it would be hard for a court to ignore.

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