. MARRIAGE BEFORE 16 YEARS: I am 15 years and 9 months old and want to marry my boyfriend six years older than me but my parents are against it. I love him truly and I think it is unfair that my parents will not let me marry him. Is there anything I can do about my problem?
Yes, there is. First go and see your local Chamber Magistrate. If he/she thinks you have a good case he will refer you to legal aid, if you qualify for legal aid. The matter will be listed for a hearing where your partner to marry must also attend. Usually both of you are put into the witness box to tell the magistrate about your circumstances. Your solicitor will be asking you for detailed information about your capacity to earn reasonable money to be self sufficient, if you are a responsible, mature person, about your employment, your future accommodation and so on. Your partner too will be asked a lot of relevant questions and if the magistrate thinks that you do have the capacity to look after yourselves in a reasonable way for the present and the immediate future, he could make an order that you will be allowed to marry.