Jordan's Chief Justice Department 'not keen' on teen marriage

Jordan

Published: 2017-07-19 11:21

Last Updated: 2017-07-19 12:51


The new laws state that a man looking to marry a girl under the age of 18 must not be over the age of 33.
The new laws state that a man looking to marry a girl under the age of 18 must not be over the age of 33.
Roya News Source

At least 2000 women under the age of 18 get married in Jordan every year, according to the Chief Justice’s Advisor, Ashraf Al Omari.

In an interview with Roya TV’s “Nabd Albalad” on Tuesday, Al Omari said that the Chief Justice Department does not encourage underage marriages.

Al Omari discussed the new laws surrounding 15-year-old men and women wishing to tie the knot, pointing out that marriage contracts for such cases are issued for both Jordanian citizens and every other nationality residing in the Kingdom, particularly Syrian refugees.

The new laws state that a man looking to marry a girl under the age of 18 must not be over the age of 33.

The man must also prove that he is financially capable of providing a decent life for his future wife.

In addition, the girl’s parents must give their consent before a marriage is to take place. Their objection to the marriage will automatically void it.

Couples looking to marry must also attend and pass a compulsory “marriage course” run by the Chief Justice Department.

Al Omari clarified that the new laws were set in place after carefully studying the old laws.

For more information on the Chief Justice Department’s new laws, check out their official website here.