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    Default Marriage of a Minor and Statutory Rape Laws

    My question involves marriage law for the State of: virginia


    Hello there, I live in virginia and I'm 15 I will be 16 on July 28th. My boyfriend is 18. I understand that in order for us to get married I need parental consent. My dad will be the one to do that. My question is since he is 18 will he get in trouble with the law if we get married? Like will it be considered some kind of rape, or child predator stuff?

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    Default Re: I Would Like to Get Married, Need Help Though :)

    It's illegal if you guys have premarital sex, but I'm unsure of the actual age of consent in Virgina. Honestly, if you're only 15 you'll benefit by waiting till your 18 to get married. If it's meant to be you'll still be together 2 years from now, over 70% of marriages at that young of an age turn into divorce with children and the mother living in poverty.

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    Default Re: How Old Do You Have to Be to Get Married

    If you legally marry in your state, your husband won't be charged with statutory rape.

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    Default Re: How Old Do You Have to Be to Get Married

    Thank you very much

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    Default Re: How Old Do You Have to Be to Get Married

    And the answer for Virginia is that you must be 16 to legally marry (and when you are under 18 it takes parental consent).
    Sexual relations by an 18 year old (or older) and a 15 year old is a crime (class 1 misdemeanor).

    You've got to wait (at least) until you are 16.

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    Default Re: How Old Do You Have to Be to Get Married

    And if I am not mistaken, by parental consent Virginia means that the parent has to be standing right there, in person.

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    Default Re: How Old Do You Have to Be to Get Married

    Yes, to obtain a marriage license in Virginia, both parties must appear as well as a parent for any who are under 18.
    You must show identification, proof of age, etc...

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