But in cases of a minor marrying an adult, the judge would have to review material including any child abuse records involving the teen and check for any sex-offender records of the adult. The judge also would have to consider factors including the maturity and independence of the teen, determine that the teen has completed high school or obtained a GED and review any domestic violence records of either party.
The judge is to deny the request in cases including if the adult is in a position of authority over the minor, has a conviction for child abuse or a sexual offense, or if there is a pregnancy or child in common that established that the intended spouse was the perpetrator of a sex crime against a girl too young to consent.
The provision involving a judge appears to have bothered some lawmakers, including Sen. John Schickel, a Boone County Republican.
“I had some problems with the bill,” he said Thursday. “Decisions involving a minor child should be made by a parent, not the court.”