Marriage Requirements, Licenses, and Ceremonies FAQ

Can anyone get married to anyone?

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Can anyone get married to anyone?

You must meet certain requirements in order to marry. These vary slightly from state to state, but generally include:

  • being at least the age of consent (usually 18, though sometimes you may marry younger with your parents' consent)
  • not being too closely related to your intended spouse
  • having sufficient mental capacity -- that is, you must understand what you are doing and what consequences your actions may have
  • being sober at the time of the marriage
  • not being married to anyone else
  • getting a blood test (in just a few states), and
  • obtaining a marriage license.

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