When Can a Teenager be Married in Michigan?

Marriage is codified in Chapter 551 of the Michigan Compiled Laws. See Chapter 551 Marriage.

In Michigan, a teenager must be at least 16 to become emancipated (see MCL 722.4c(2)(b)) and at least 16 to get married (see MCL 551.51).

MCL 551.51 specifically voids any marriage entered into by a person who is under age 16. The teenager must also have the written consent of a parent or legal guardian. The consent must be to the marriage and to the issuing of the license for which the application is submitted; and must be given personally in the presence of the county clerk or before a notary public or other officer authorized to administer oaths.

Originally published on Feb. 8, 2012.  Updated on April 15, 2014.

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