Spain Legal Marriage age increased from 14 to 16
The Spanish government has raised the minimum legal age for marriage from 14 to 16 years.
Until now, people as young as 14 years could marry with permission from a judge or their family.
Spain government is currently thinking to increase the age for consent to sex, which now lies at just 13, to combat child abuse.
A total of 326 children aged 15 or younger have married in the period 2000-2008, the Europa Press news agency said, quoting official statistics.
Marriages of minors are rare in Spain. In the first half of 2010, 4 boys and 64 girls aged about 17 got married, according to the daily El Pais.
The reforms are part of a broad plan approved by the government to protect children from abuse and exploitation, to be funded with a budget estimated at 5.2 billion euros ($6.7 billion) over the next four years.
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The Spanish government also revised the drinking age to 18 across the country.
Previously, the minimum age for consumption of alcohol depended on the regulations in each Spanish region.
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Saturday, April 06, 2013
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