Research report 2020 - Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law

Married young – separated by law?

Michaels, Ralf; Yassari, Nadjma
Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht, Hamburg
Marriage between minors is prohibited in Germany, primarily to protect girls and young women from the consequences of a premature marriage. However, the scope of the Act to Combat Child Marriage extends beyond Germany and also negates the legitimacy of marriages legally entered under foreign law. Yet it is questionable whether this is compatible with the protection of marriage and the best interests and welfare of the children involved.

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