Emancipation and Ages for Moving Out
Age of Consent & Underage Relationships

If your parents don't want you but won't leave you alone by sending you to live with relatives and you're 17 and pregnant can you get married without their consent?


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June 13, 2009 10:16PM

It depends upon your state. In several states you can get married without parental consent at the age of 17 or younger. However, a marriage is a legally binding agreement and as such you must be able to enter into a contract as an adult. Typically this is upon reaching the age of majority which can be either 18 or 19 again depending on the state. There are no states that allow someone who is seventeen to be married without the consent of the parent(s) or legal guardian. Florida, Georgia and Maryland law cites an exception pertaining to a pregnant minor. If the minor is at least 16 she can be married without parental consent but must present a notarized statement from a licensed physician validating the pregnancy. If the male is also a minor the court can at it's discretion require him to obtain permission from his parent(s) or legal guardian. (06/13/09) Your child deserves an intact family, but how long will it remain intact? Do you want to gamble with the chances you will end alone with the child, or that you give the child to the father and leave? The chances of this are substantial. Over 85% of all divorces involve people who married or lived together prior to age 24.

Biologically, this is when females reach full mature on the physical, emotional, and hormonal levels. At this point, a woman is fully prepared to have and handle children, as well as a male that is still not fully mature.

Males don't reach full physical and hormonal maturity until age 30. This is also when they reach their peak emotional maturity, but not to the point of being fully independent. Half of the male emotional health comes from a woman. The biochemical frequency range of the male brain adjusts itself to match that of the female, developing an emotional symbiotic relationship.

Couples who begin cohabiting and/or get married prior to age 24 can find themselves drawing away from each other as each reaches full maturity. Their whole view of the world, and each other, changes. This doesn't happen to all couples, but clearly it is a factor in most relationship breakdowns. Cohabiting couples breakup three times more than married couples. Cohabiting couples that later marry have a 46% higher rate of divorce than those who did not cohabit prior to marriage. See Link Below