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General Assembly



January Session, 2017

LCO No. 6729



Offered by:


REP. TONG, 147th Dist.

REP. REBIMBAS, 70th Dist.

SEN. DOYLE, 9th Dist.

SEN. KISSEL, 7th Dist.

REP. COOK, 65th Dist.


To: Subst. House Bill No. 5442

File No. 576

Cal. No. 378


Strike lines 15 to 30, inclusive, in their entirety and insert the following in lieu thereof:

"(b) A license may be issued to a minor who is at least sixteen years of age but under eighteen years of age with the approval of the Probate Court as provided in this subsection. A parent or guardian of a minor may, on behalf of the minor, petition the Probate Court for the district in which the minor resides seeking approval for the issuance of a license to such minor. The court shall schedule a hearing on the petition and give notice to the minor, the minor's parents or guardians and to the other party to the intended marriage. The minor and the petitioning parent or guardian shall be present at such hearing. The court may, in its discretion, require the other party to the intended marriage to be present at such hearing. After a hearing on the petition, the court may approve the issuance of a license to the minor if the court finds that: (1) The petitioning parent or guardian consents to the marriage; (2) the minor consents to the marriage and such consent is based upon an understanding of the nature and consequences of marriage; (3) the minor has sufficient capacity to make such a decision; (4) the minor's decision to marry is made voluntarily and free from coercion; and (5) the marriage would not be detrimental to the minor."