Connecticut – End Child Marriage

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The Justice of the Peace Association is strongly opposed to any marriage that involves minor children. The association’s membership is also opposed, stating that they would not perform such ceremonies. In Connecticut, 16 and 17 year olds can marry with parental and judicial consent. The fight continues to raise the age to 18. No exceptions.

Legislative Activity


Representative Kerry Wood introduced HB5920 An act prohibiting a minor from entering into marriage in 2021. Unfortunately, it did not make it out of the Judiciary Committee.

JPus is working with stakeholders to create a plan to successfully bring this bill for a vote in 2022.


Effective October 1, 2017, anyone under the age of 18 requires a parent and a Probate Court Judge’s approval to wed. Also, 16 is now the minimum legal age to marry;  previously there was no minimum age. Connecticut’s law was watered down from its original effort to ban all marriages for individuals younger than 18 years.

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