Saudi Arabia bans under 18 Marriage


Saudi Arabia has prohibited the marriage of persons under 18 years while setting 18 years as the minimum age for marriage.

Minister of Justice and Chairman of the Supreme Judicial Council, Sheikh Dr. Walid Al-Samaani, gave the order in a circular issued to all courts.

All such requests are to be referred to the specialized court to complete the formalities in line with the Child Protection Law and while implementing the established regulations.

Al-Samaani’s directives are based on paragraph (16/3) of the executive regulations of the Child Protection Law.

It says “before conducting marriage contracts one has to make sure that marrying a person under the age of 18 will not harm him or her and achieve their best interests, male or female.”


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