I have seen child and forced marriage in the Orthodox Jewish community, and I know survivors from Mormon and Unification Church backgrounds.Forced and child marriages happen almost everywhere, yet only 10 states or jurisdictions have specific laws that can be used to prevent or punish forced marriage.The Tahirih survey focused on immigrants, and it identified child marriages or forced marriages, or both, in immigrant communities from 56 countries of origin in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas, but it also identified such marriage in so-called American families.Still, the state data show that in 2011 alone, a 14-year-old married a 26-year-old, a 15-year-old was wed to a 28-year-old, another 15-year-old was wed to a 25-year-old and a 15-year-old married someone age “35 to 39.” All of those marriages were approved by New York judges.Globally, 88 percent of countries set 18 as the minimum marriage age, but over half allow minor girls to marry with “parental consent,” according to the World Policy Center. This is a very specific kind of relations between two people who wish to create a family and live together for the rest of their days. Nevertheless, there are too many cases when people split.Consequently, before getting married, many people reasonably ask how to prevent divorce and save marriage.State legislators should eliminate the archaic legal exceptions that allow children to wed.This is the only way to end child and forced marriage in the United States. 14, about child marriage in the United States, included incorrect information about such marriages based on data provided by the New Jersey Center for Health Statistics.This exception lowers the marriage age below 16 in many states, and many states do not specify a minimum age.Judges in those states can allow the marriage even of an elementary school student. Unchained at Last, a nonprofit I founded to help women escape from arranged, forced marriages, recently retrieved health department data on the ages of people married in New Jersey, where 16- and 17-year-olds may wed with parental consent, and children under 15 may marry with judicial approval.