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Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Act

The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Bill received Royal Assent on 28 April. The Bill is now an Act of Parliament.

The Act raises 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 Act has not yet been published.

For the text of the Bill, as brought from the Commons, click here. For the Explanatory Notes, click here. For a House of Commons Library briefing on the legislation, click here.