child marriage

Gov. Mike Parson has signed a bill that raises the marriage age in Missouri from 15 to 16.

The measure, signed into law Friday, requires that 16 and 17-year-olds receive parental permission to be married. It also bars someone 21 or older from marrying anyone 17 or younger.

Witnesses Ask Legislature to Toughen Child Marriage Laws

Mar 19, 2018

 Missouri lawmakers are considering a bill that would end the state's status as being the easiest place in the country for a 15-year-old to be married.

Missouri allows those 15 to 17 to marry with the permission of only one parent, even if the other parent objects. Also, anyone 14 and younger can get married with a judge's approval, The Kansas City Star reported.