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Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Bill reaches third reading

The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Bill reached committee stage in the House of Lords on 7 April 2022.

The Bill would raise to 18 the minimum age for marriage and civil partnership in England and Wales. The Explanatory Notes state how this might affect marriages and civil partnerships which take place outside of England and Wales:

"The anticipated effect of this change on the common law will also mean that any marriages which take place overseas, or in Scotland or Northern Ireland, involving under 18s where one of the parties is domiciled in England and Wales, will not be legally recognised in England and Wales. This change to recognition will also apply to civil partnerships. However, no changes were suggested to the Bill so the Bill goes directly to third reading.  This procedure is known as "order of commitment discharged". 

The third reading of the Bill takes place on?26 April, when final amendments can be made.

For the Bill, click here. For the Explanatory Notes, click here. For a House of Commons Library briefing on the Bill, click here. To follow progress of the Bill, as brought from the House of Commons, click here.