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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)
25% of girls in El Salvador are married before the age of 18 .
Legal age of marriage
The legal age of marriage is 18 years old in El Salvador.
In August 2017, lawmakers voted to make child marriage illegal without exceptions. Up until that point, the Family Code allowed exceptions for marriage before 18 in cases of pregnancy.
 UNICEF, State of the World’s Children, 2016.
 Parliamentarians for Global Action, Legislative forum “Sharing experiences and best practices in Latin America and the Caribbean to prevent and end child marriage and early unions”, 5 July 2017.