Legal age you can get married to be raised in England and Wales

The minimum legal age to get married in England Wales is to be raised to 18, it has been reported.

At present, sixteen-year-olds can marry if they have their parents’ consent.

Campaigners have argued that this facilitates sexual abuse with young women forced to wed against their will.

According to The Times, former chancellor Sajid Javid is introducing a private member’s bill next week that will make it illegal for anyone to marry below the age of 18.

Justice ministers have indicated they will back the bill in House of Commons and it is expected get cross-party support.

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