In Act 2, Scene 6, just before Friar Lawrence marries Romeo and Juliet, he gives them some advice about how they should love each other. Juliet is like an 8th grader and Romeo is like a 9th grader if you compare the story to the world today. The minimum age at which a person is able to lawfully marry, and whether parental or other consents are required, vary from country to country. In the U.S the minimum age is 18 except for Nebraska (19) and Mississippi (21). In England and Wales the general age at which a person may marry is 18, but 16- or 17-year-olds may get married with their parents’ or guardians’ consent. If they are unable to obtain this, they can gain consent from the courts, which may be granted by the Magistrates’ Courts, or the County or High Court family divisions.