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Child marriage rates
UNICEF 2017 % Married by 15
UNICEF 2017 % Married by 18
* Child marriage prevalence is the percentage of women 20-24 years old who were married or in union before they were 18 years old (UNICEF State of the World’s Children, 2017)
According to UNICEF, 4% of girls in Bosnia and Herzegovina are married before their 18th birthday.
Child marriage occurs among all sections of the population. However, sporadic evidence indicates that it is more prevalent in the Roma community.
Legal age of marriage
According to the Family Law, marriage cannot be contracted by a person under the age of 18.
However, there are exceptions. A court can allow a person who has reached the age of 16 to marry if the person is physically and mentally able to fulfil the rights and duties of matrimonial life, and if the marriage is in the person’s interest.
By law, any marriage under the age of 16 is automatically null and void.
- UNICEF, State of the World’s Children, 2016
- UNFPA, Child marriage in Bosnia and Herzegovina (overview), 2014