Winchester, VA asked in Family Law for Virginia

Q: 17 year old marriage?

Hello, I am a 17 year old female who is getting married to a 19 year old in October this year. I am doing so on my own free will and am not pregnant. I will be turning 18 on Jan. 22. I know that my parents thought that all I need is just a note from them to be notarized, but I am not sure. I just wanted to clarify and make sure that was all I needed . Thanks! also if this isn’t possible could I get emancipated and who would I need to get in touch with? Location: Winchester, va

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1 Lawyer Answer

Steve Miyares

  • Norfolk, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: You can not get married at all in Virginia unless you are at least 18 years old. In the past it was possible to get married under age 18 woth parental permission. However, in 2016 the law chamged in Virginia and now no one under age 18 can get married unless you are emancipated by court order. Therefore, under the situation you describe, you will not be ablebto legally marry in Virginia until after you turn 18 in January. Good luck to you

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