Arizona Had a Busy Legislative Year on Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice
Arizona legislators passed a number of bills related to children and youth that ultimately made it to Gov. Doug Ducey’s (R) desk for a signature. The issues addressed by the legislature included child marriage, the opioid crisis and adoption costs.
Delaware First State to Ban All Child Marriage
Delaware became the first state in the union to render all forms of child marriage illegal when Gov. John Carney (D) signed a bill this week authored by Rep. Kim Williams (D).
Arizona Sets Minimum Age for Marriage of Minors
Marriage will now only be possible for 16- and 17-year-olds in the state of Arizona under certain conditions, due to a bill signed into law by Gov. Doug Ducey (R) this week.
Southwest: Arizona Legislator Pushes to End Child Marriage
Republican Rep. Michelle Ugenti-Rita of Arizona has introduced a bill that would establish 18 as the minimum age for marriage in the state. Currently, Arizona has no minimum age for marriage.
Falling Through the Cracks: New Report on Child Marriage in America
Donna Pollard entered an Indiana mental health facility at the age of 14. Two years later, she was married to a 31-year-old man who had been one of her counselors at the facility.
Report: U.S. State Statutes on Minimum Marriage Age
Tahirih Justice Center recently released a report outlining child marriage laws in each state across the country. The center found that 27 states have no legal minimum age for marriage, meaning that there is no “floor” beneath which a child cannot be married, as long as a court and/or a parent gives consent.