My boyfriend and I have been together going on 4 years, since we were 13. We now have a child on the way, and we want to get married after the birth. We will both be 17, my parents have agreed to letting us get married and rent out their guest house. His parents however do not agree with us getting married. Is it possible for the judge to overrule them, and him not need parent consent, since we have a child together? His parents have kicked him out leaving him on the streets many times, so getting married would guarantee him a stable place to live and allow us to raise our child together. Is it possible to not need parent consent if it is in the best interest of everyone involved? Also, what and how long would the process of that be?
Florida law permits marriage at age 17 and all the more if you are expecting a child. You do not need parental consent. You will need to obtain a marriage license from the County Clerk which can be given in any county in Florida. Each of you will need to bring with you proof of residency in Florida such as a driver license. The Clerk of the county can give you all the information you need. There is a three-day waiting period from the date of the issuance of the license until the wedding day unless you take a marriage preparation course. Once completed, you can be married right away.
- David B. Mitchell, Esq., Coral Gables, FL www.davidbmitchell.com
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