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14-2-108. Judicial approval.

Statute text

(1) The juvenile court, as defined in section 19-1-103 (17), C.R.S., after a reasonable effort has been made to notify the parents or guardian of each underage party, may order the county clerk and recorder to issue a marriage license and a marriage certificate form:

(a) To a party aged sixteen or seventeen years who has no parent or guardian, or who has no parent capable of consenting to his marriage, or whose parent or guardian has not consented to his marriage; or

(b) To a party under the age of sixteen years who has the consent to his or her marriage of both parents, if capable of giving consent, or his or her guardian or, if the parents are not living together, the parent who has legal custody or decision-making responsibility concerning such matters or with whom the child is living.

(2) A license shall be ordered to be issued under subsection (1) of this section only if the court finds that the underage party is capable of assuming the responsibilities of marriage and the marriage would serve his best interests. Pregnancy alone does not establish that the best interests of the party would be served.

(3) The district court or the juvenile court, as the case may be, shall authorize performance of a marriage by proxy upon the showing required by the provisions on solemnization, being section 14-2-109.


Source: L. 73: R&RE, p. 1018, 1. C.R.S. 1963: 90-1-8. L. 87: IP(1) amended, p. 815, 15, effective October 1. L. 98: (1)(b) amended, p. 1394, 31, effective February 1, 1999.





Law reviews. For comment, "Adoptive Sibling Marriage in Colorado: Israel v. Allen", see 51 U. Colo. L. Rev. 135 (1979).