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German justice minister wants stricter laws for child marriages among refugees
A bill would make it easier for German courts to void child marriages. Since Germany opened its borders to nearly a million refugees last year, the number of married minors in the country has reached nearly 1,500.
Justice Minister Heiko Maas wants to make it easier for German courts to break up child marriages between refugees, according to a report in the German weekly "Der Spiegel."
The proposed bill would allow courts to terminate a marriage if the underage spouse's well-being is considered at risk. According to the proposed bill, a minor would only be allowed to remain in such a union "if the intended marriage does not affect the welfare of the applicant."
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