Can Pregnant Georgia Teens Marry Without Parental Consent?

Can Pregnant Georgia Teens Marry Without Parental Consent?

At least once per month I have to explain to someone that pregnant teens in Georgia can NOT get married without parental consent.  They seem shocked.  They cite all the other people who have told them otherwise.  Maybe they have a friend whose parents did or maybe an aunt or uncle who did.  So why can't they?

The answer is Lisa Lynette Clark, pictured above.  In 2005, Ms. Clark became pregnant at 37 by her 15-year-old boyfriend.  After becoming pregnant, she and the father of her child got married using the "pregnancy exception" in Georgia law which allowed pregnant teens (or teen parents) to get married without parental consent.  The mother of the 15-year-old was livid.  It made national news

It also got the attention of Georgia lawmakers.  House Bill 847 from 2006 removed the "pregnancy exception" from Georgia law that had allowed Clark and her teen lover to marry.  In other words, being pregnant or having a child no longer allows teens to marry without parental consent as it once did.

So, Georgia teens, maybe Mom & Dad got married this way, maybe your aunt and uncle did, maybe your older sibling or cousin got married this way before 2006.  But it can't be done now.  Parental consent is still required for a minor to marry, pregnant or not. 

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Judge Looks Away While Officer Arrests Woman Accusing Him of Assault

I love it when the police want to arrest someone so badly that they just fabricate a law on the spot.  Popular ones include "Obstruction of a Police Officer" when people won't answer the cop's questions or "failing to obey a police officer" when people won't do what the copy wants. 

This officer comes out with a good one:  "making false allegations toward a police officer" and then arrests her for accusing him of doing something wrong.  One would think that a sitting judge watching it happen might remind the officer that no such crime exists, but instead the judge just turns her head while a woman is arrested for something that isn't a crime.

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Woman Spray Paints New Courthouse Over Divorce

Generally, your job as client is to be on your best behavior and do as your lawyer advises.  It's almost always in your best interest to leave the decisions to the professionals.  There are many things you can do to make your divorces less painful, less traumatic, and more affordable.  This isn't one of them:
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