Throughout the United Kingdom and the British
Crown dependencies of Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man, the
minimum legal age for getting married is 16 years.
In England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Guernsey and the Isle of Man,
the written consent of your parents, or legal guardians, is
required if you are under 18 years of age. In Jersey, your parents'
consent is required if you are under 20 years of age and if they
live in the Island, they must give their consent in person. In
Guernsey, if your parents live in the Island, they must also give
their consent in person. In Scotland, no parental consent is
required. Where written consent is required, it will normally have
to be given on a consent form provided by the registrar.
If consent is required and your parents, or guardians, are not
resident in the United Kingdom, their signatures to the consent
should be properly witnessed by a Commissioner for Oaths, a
Consular Officer or a notary member of the public such as a lawyer,
police office, Justice of the Peace etc.
In exceptional circumstances, a registrar is empowered to dispense
with the consent of any person whose consent would otherwise be
required. You should contact the registrar of the registration
district in which you plan to marry for further information.
If you still have any unanswered
questions about the minimum age or parental consent requirements of
getting married contact the Registrar office on
(01534) 441335 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
In some cultures, arranged marriage is the norm. You may feel
this is the best way for you and feel very happy with the
Your parents might be responsible for finding you a suitable
partner, or you may take a shine to someone and then arrangements
will be made. After marriage you could be living alone with your
partner or possibly with your new extended family.
In differnt cultures, different ways are the norm. If you are
unsure or unhappy about this, or having difficulty with your living
situation, you may wish to talk things through with a third
For support contact:
Marriage Care Tel: 020 7371 1341 or check out their
Relate (Jersey) Tel: (01534) 734980 or email email@example.com
It is also important to make a clear distinction between
arranged marriages that are consensual and marriages that are
arranged without the consent of the individuals involved. These are
sometimes called Forced Marriages. Some of the acts involved
in forcing someone into a marriage are against the law in this
If your family arrange for you to marry someone against your
will, this is forced marriage. Have you made your wishes clear to
If you are being forced into a situation like this against your
will, try to talk to someone about it. This is an abuse fo power
and it it a criminal offence to force a person to marry who doesn't
If you are forced to marry, the marriage may be void.
Where can I find out more?
Victims of Forced Marriage or tel: 0207