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Protect yourself and know your rights if you plan to marry

If you plan to get married in Florida, then you're probably enjoying one of the best times in your life. You're in love, planning a future and really thinking about the love and support of a family you build together.

Marriage is a major step, though, so you need to make sure you do everything correctly. Before you get married, it's a good idea to get to know matrimonial law and to take steps to protect your assets and to protect yourself against your spouse's debts. On top of that, you'll need to make sure you qualify to obtain a marriage license.

In Florida, the minimum age to get married is 16. Males and females may get married at 16 if they have parental consent. For instance, if two teens are in love and have been together a substantial amount of time, the parents may agree to the marriage and sign off on it at the courthouse.

Otherwise, you'll have to wait to get married until you're at least 18 years old. Parental consent is not necessary for minors who were previously married or whose parents are not living. For instance, if you were married at 16 and got a divorce, you could legally marry at 17 without a parent present. A judge may also agree to marry you while underage without parental consent if you are expecting a child or have a child with your betrothed presently.

These are a few important facts to know about getting married in Florida. If you qualify, you can apply for a marriage license but should take the time to look into legal protections first.

Source: FindLaw, "Florida Marriage Age Requirements Laws," accessed June 01, 2018

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