Minimum Age for Marriage Increased to 16 in Spain

Minimum Age for Marriage Increased to 16 in SpainAfter approval of a new bill, the minimum age for marriage has been increased from 14 to 16 in Spain. The move is part of the Plan for Children and Adolescents 2013-2016, a project meant for development of children and adolescents.

The legal age for marriage in the country is 18 years but for the liberal minors whose families or a judge give the approval, can marry at age of 14 after taking permission. The proposal has a budget of five billion euros and also includes the postponement of the age for access to alcohol at 18.

At a press conference after a meeting of Council of Ministers, Ana Mato, Spain's Minister of Health, Social Services and Equality, said they are going to take some steps with aim to prevent the use of alcohol and addictive substances. The move is taken in wake of providing the children and adolescents greater protection from violence and helplessness.

The recommendations for the same were proposed by the Child Rights Committee of the United Nations and the Council of Europe. “We are going to develop actions directed at preventing the consumption of addictive substances along with measures aimed at reducing damage and risks among the adolescents who consume them”, avowed Mato.