Can a pregnant 16 year old marry a 20 year old in Texas?
§ 2.103. COURT ORDER FOR UNDERAGE APPLICANT. (a) A
minor may petition the court in the minor's own name for an
granting permission to marry. In a suit under this section,
trial judge may advance the suit if the best interest of the
applicant would be served by an early hearing.
(b) The petition must be filed in the county where a parent
resides if a court has not awarded another person the right
consent to marriage for the minor. If a court has awarded
person the right to consent to marriage for the minor, the
must be filed in the county where that person resides. If no
or person who has the court-ordered right to consent to marriage
the minor resides in this state, the petition must be filed in
county where the minor lives.
(c) The petition must include:
(1) a statement of the reasons the minor desires to
(2) a statement of whether each parent is living or is
(3) the name and residence address of each living
(4) a statement of whether a court has awarded to a
person other than a parent of the minor the right to consent
marriage for the minor.
(d) Process shall be served as in other civil cases on each
living parent of the minor or on a person who has the
right to consent to marriage for the minor, as
applicable. Citation may be given by publication as in other
cases, except that notice shall be published one time only.
(e) The court shall appoint an amicus attorney or an
attorney ad litem to represent the minor in the proceeding.
court shall specify a fee to be paid by the minor for the
the amicus attorney or attorney ad litem. The fee shall be
collected in the same manner as other costs of the
(f) If after a hearing the court, sitting without a jury,
believes marriage to be in the best interest of the minor,
court, by order, shall grant the minor permission to marry.