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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)
3% of girls in Serbia are married before their 18th birthday.
According to UNFPA EECARO, child marriage in Serbia occurs predominantly among the Roma population.
A number of factors influence the incidence of child marriage. These include poverty, protection of girls, family ‘honour’, and the provision of stability during periods of social instability.
Legal age of marriage
According to the Family Law, the legal minimum age of marriage is 18 years for both women and men.
However, a court can allow exceptions for adolescents who have reached the age of 16, if they are deemed physically and emotionally able to fulfil the rights and duties of matrimonial life.
- UNFPA, Child marriage in Serbia (overview), 2014
- UNICEF, State of the World’s Children, 2016