A new Ohio marriage law prohibits children under the age of 17 from marrying in Ohio takes effect today (4/8/19).

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The new law raises the minimum marriage age to 18 for both parties but allows 17-year-olds to marry if they meet certain requirements. They must have juvenile court consent and go through a 14-day waiting period. The law also says the age difference between the parties cannot be more than four years. The measure was signed by former Governor John Kasich just before he left office. Previous state law allowed women to marry at 16 and men to marry at 18.

But it also allowed Ohioans younger than those ages to marry if they had judicial and parental consent.