Community Legal Information Association of Prince Edward Island (CLIA PEI) - Legal Information for Youth

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Marriage

If you are under 16, you can get married only if you have a child or if you or your partner is pregnant. You must have a medical certificate confirming the pregnancy. You must have permission from your parents or have a court order saying you can marry.

If you are 16 or 17, you can marry if you have permission from your parents or a court order saying you can marry.

If you are 18 or older, you can marry without permission from your parents or the court. You will need a marriage license.

Adoption

You can apply to adopt a child when you are 18 or older. You must be older than the person you are adopting. You must give permission to be adopted if you are 12 or older.

Changing Your Name

If you are 12 to 17 years old, you must give written permission for someone else to change your name. If you are 18 or older, you can do your own name change.