Delaware Prohibits Child Marriage

October 1, 2018 | By

Earlier this year Delaware enacted House Bill 337 regarding child marriage. Previously, Delaware law allowed minors to marry if a Judge of the Family Court signed an order allowing the minor to marry. In rendering a decision the Judge was required to consider the best interest of the minor, the wishes of the minor and the minor’s parents/guardians, the mental and physical health of the individuals to be married, the criminal history of the individuals to be married, and whether the proposed marriage would violate any Delaware laws. According to an article published by NPR, more than 200 minors got married between 2000 and 2017. House Bill 337, was signed into law earlier this year, making Delaware (already known as the First State) the first state in the United States to ban child marriage without exception.

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 Leslie Spoltore focuses her practice on family law, handling all aspects of the Delaware Family Court’s jurisdiction including, divorce, alimony, property distribution, prenuptial agreements, adoption, guardianship, permanent guardianship, child support, child custody, protection from abuse. She works out of the firm’s Wilmington, DE office and can be reached at 302-840-1110 or at