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Superior Court of California,
County of Glenn


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Question: My daughter just turned 17 and wants to marry. She has a stable job and graduated from high school last month. Can she marry if she is not yet 18? Can she ask the court to be declared an adult so that she may marry? --Anonymous, Orland, CA.

Answer: A person must be 18 years of age in order to marry in the State of California. If a person is under the age of 18 and wants to marry, they must have the approval of their parents and a court order approving the marriage before they may obtain a marriage license from the Glenn County Recorder’s Office. When a minor gets married, they are considered “emancipated,” which means they are no longer under the control, care, and responsibility of their parents. You may wish to visit Family Code sections 7002 and 7120-7122 relating to emancipation.

The California Administrative Office of the Courts has an online self-help center that you can access by going to You can access the Family Law Code Sections mentioned above through this website. Further, you will find more information relating to emancipation of minors in the State of California on this site. If your daughter does not have an attorney, she may wish to contact the Self Help Center at Glenn County Superior Court. The program assists self-represented litigants in completing their court paperwork. Self-Help Center’s free services can provide further information on the emancipation process and assistance in completing legal forms related to her situation.

Do you have questions that you want the Court to answer? Please email them to or mail them to Glenn County Superior Court, Attn: Ask the Court, 526 W. Sycamore Street, Willows, CA 95988. Questions may be submitted anonymously.


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