Is a minor allowed to marry without parental consent if they provide a written confirmation of pregnancy from a physician?

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Is a minor allowed to marry without parental consent if they provide a written confirmation of pregnancy from a physician?

This is in TN.

Asked on December 28, 2011 under Family Law, Tennessee

Answers:

MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

In most states a minor cannot marry without parental consent, whether or not pregnant. Tennessee requires the consent of both parents for a minor who is between the ages of 16 and 18. The same would apply for those who are under 15. Bottom line is pregnancy is not a factor in qualifying for a marriage; especially since paternity cannot be tested until after birth. Ultimately, if this is to determine if a marriage is legal, a letter from a physician is not sufficient.


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