Marriage and independence

As you grow older, you may see friends and relatives enter a marriage. If you would like to get married, it is important that you understand what a marriage means and involves.

Being married may change your benefits and you will be entitled to a marriage allowance. This can be discussed with an adviser. If you decide to get married, you will need proof of identification.

How does it work?

There is a process that needs to be followed when getting married. The couple getting married must give notice to the registry office in the area where they live. There is a cost involved and identification documents such as a passport, birth certificate and evidence of your address will be required.

When will this happen?

The topic can be discussed and taught as part of the Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education part of the curriculum. It helps ensure that you are aware of your rights and feel safe and comfortable in relationships. The legal minimum age for marriage in the UK is 18.

The role of parents and carers

Your parents and carers can support you to explore the different elements of marriage.  They can advise you and give you all the information you need.  But once you reach the age of 18, it is your choice whether you want to get married.

Related links

Mencap - Sexuality and relationships FAQs

Money Advice Service - Marriage and married couple’s allowance

Marriage and disability benefits

Marriage - capacity and consent