Marriage License Application Process for a Minor
To marry in the State of Ohio, the groom must be 18 yrs. of age. The only exception to this law is as follows: the groom is under the age of 18 and has obtained consent from Juvenile Court to marry either the mother of his child or the bride-to-be who is now pregnant with his child. The groom's parents must also consent to the marriage. If the parents are divorced, the parent having custody must appear and bring a certified copy of their custody papers.
A bride-to-be who is 16 or 17 is allowed by law to marry with parent's consent and without permission from Juvenile Court. If the bride is less than 16 yrs. of age, and the same circumstances exist as to motherhood or pregnancy, consent from Juvenile Court must first be obtained. Juvenile Court requires that both the Bride's and Groom's Parent's must consent at their court. The phone number of Juvenile Court is (937) 521-1600.
If either party is less than 18 yrs. old, a statement of counseling from a minister or marriage counselor, on official stationary, showing that the couple has been counseled for at least two hours, is required.