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HB19-1251: Age Of Marriage And Emancipation Procedure

Student and Youth Rights
Bill Number: HB19-1251
Year: 2019
ACLU Position: Oppose
Sponsors: L. Landgraf/ C. Hansen


The bill permits the issuance of a marriage license only to a person
who is 18 years of age, unless the person is at least 16.5 years of age and
emancipated through a court procedure.
The bill creates a statutory procedure for the emancipation of
minors. The court may issue an order for emancipation if the minor has
attained 16.5 years of age at the time the order becomes effective, the
order is in the minor’s best interests, and the court determines that the
minor has met the statutory requirements for emancipation, including but
not limited to the ability to support himself or herself and to manage his
or her own affairs.
The court shall provide a minor with information about rights and
responsibilities of emancipation and alternatives to emancipation and
shall appoint an attorney to serve as guardian ad litem for the minor to
investigate and report on the statutory criteria and the minor’s best
The bill includes provisions relating to who may file a petition for
an order of emancipation, the contents of the petition, and the hearing
procedure and necessary court findings.
As a result of the statutory procedure, an emancipated minor is
considered to be 18 years of age and shall have all of the rights and
responsibilities of a person who is 18 years of age; except that an
emancipated minor is still subject to age restrictions relating to voting and
possession of tobacco products.

Current Status:

House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (03/28/2019)
Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs (03/18/19)

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