last updated 25 April 2007
The Convention on Consent to Marriage, Minimum Age for Marriage and Registration of Marriages
entered into force on December 9, 1964. The Convention recognizes that the “free and full consent of both parties” is required to legally enter into marriage (Art. 1(1)). Article 2 requires States Parties to legislate a minimum age for marriage, and it prohibits the entry into marriage of any person under this age, with an exception for “serious reasons” as recognized by a competent authority in the interest of the spouses. Article 3 requires the registration of all marriages by a competent authority in an official register.