CHILD MARRIAGE

IT HAPPENS MORE THAN YOU THINK

 

Child marriage, defined as a marriage between a child under the age of 18 and an adult or another child, is a global problem and is a far more common practice than many believe. While the prevalence of child marriage has decreased worldwide – from one in four girls married a decade ago to approximately one in five today – the practice remains widespread, including here in the United States.

Since there is no federal law regarding child marriage, states are free to establish their own requirements. Child marriage remains legal in 46 states.  More than half of the states permit child marriage with either parental or judicial consent.  Other states have religious or pregnancy exceptions, permitting the practice to continue. Only four states–Delaware, New Jersey,  Pennsylvania, and Minnesota— have banned child marriage outright.

 Child marriage is a gendered practice with grave social, financial, physical, and psychological consequences. The United States State Department has called marriage before 18 a “humans rights abuse” that “produces devastating repercussions for a girl’s life, effectively ending her childhood.” In order to protect children and secure their futures, the practice of child marriage must be outlawed. The movement to end child marriage and sex abuse in the United States is growing at this time, and CHILD USA is dedicated to reforming the laws to ensure children are not married before the age of 18.

 CURRENT LEGISLATION

The number of U.S. States considering bills to end child marriage is growing.  Click  here to see all pending child marriage legislation and revelant bill texts.

 

CHILD MARRIAGE IN THE NEWS

10 million girls at risk of child marriage due to COVID-19: UNICEF

 
Brooklyn Neustaeter | March 8, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

Renewed effort in Legislature to end child marriages in Michigan

Heather Walker | February 25, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

Contact your lawmaker, ask them to help end child marriage in Maryland

| March 20, 2021

 

The law and child marriage

 
 

 

 
 

10 million girls at risk of child marriage due to COVID-19: UNICEF

 
Brooklyn Neustaeter | March 8, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Renewed effort in Legislature to end child marriages in Michigan

Heather Walker | February 25, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact your lawmaker, ask them to help end child marriage in Maryland

| March 20, 2021

 

 

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