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If a 17-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy runaway to Georgia and legally get married would that make them emancipated or can they be forced to return home or be arrested once they are found?


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July 15, 2010 3:25PM

As a layman I can't say this with authority, but it seems like if you transport someone considered a minor in your state across state lines, that might violate the Mann Act of 1910 which was designed to stop prostitution, but has been liberally used over the years to dictate morality at the federal level. Regardless of that, some states have specific provisions that they will refuse to acknowledge underage or incestuous marriages contracted in one state. It would depend on your state of origin, the willingness of the parents and guardians involved to try to prosecute, the concern of the state authorities of your home state to try to extradite you back to that state, etc. A lot of factors.

If you don't have parental permission, you cannot get a marriage license until you are 18.