Bogotá, Colombia, Aug 26, 2021 / 15:19 pm
The Supreme Court of Colombia ruled last week that minors between 14 and older can choose, without parental consent, legally to marry or cohabit with an adult if they have the “responsible intention” to form a family.
The Aug. 18 ruling deals with an inheritance lawsuit regarding whether there was a de facto marriage between a 14-year-old boy and an adult woman who later died.
For the court, “those over fourteen and under eighteen years of age” can, “according to their age and maturity,” decide “about their own lives and assume responsibilities.”
“No one else could be the master of their destinies. So they should be considered free and autonomous persons and with full rights,” the text states.