Cuba - The Family Code - Equality Now

Cuba - The Family Code

  • Country: Cuba
  • Law status: Discriminatory law in force
  • Law Type: Marriage, Divorce, Polygamy & Wife Obedience

Article 3 of Cuba’s Family Code provides that girls may be married off as young as 14 years old, while requiring a boy to be at least 16 years old.

Article 3. Men and women have authority to make their marriage official when they are over 18 years old. Therefore, those that are younger than 18 years old do not have authority to make their marriage official. Notwithstanding what was just stated, exceptionally there are justified reasons so that those under 18 years old have authority to make their marriage official, as long as the female is at least 14 years old and the male 16 years old.


Article 41 of the Constitution of the Republic of Cuba: All citizens have equal rights and are subject to equal responsibilities.

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