Bill Summary for S 35 (2021-2022)
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AN ACT TO AMEND THE LAWFUL AGE OF MARRIAGE TO SIXTEEN YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER, AND TO PROVIDE A MAXIMUM FOUR-YEAR AGE DIFFERENCE FOR A SIXTEEN OR SEVENTEEN YEAR-OLD TO MARRY.Intro. by Sawyer, Britt, Foushee.
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Senate amendment amends the 2nd edition as follows.
Further amends GS 51-2, raising the legal age to marry from 14 to 16. Additionally requires persons under 18 to file with the register of deeds a certified copy of an order issued by a district court authorizing the marriage as provided in GS 51-2.1, as amended, prior to being issued a marriage license. Makes conforming changes; changes the section's title.
Makes conforming changes to GS 51-2.1 to eliminate provisions regarding marriage by persons under 16. Specifies that a district court judge can issue an order authorizing a marriage between a person 16 years of age and under 18 years of age, to a person no more than four years older (age difference limitation previously proposed) upon making required findings.
Makes conforming changes to GS 51-3, regarding capacity to marry and void marriages.
Changes the act's long title.