Costa Rica News – For all those guys coming down to Costa Rica, going through their mid-life crisis after a divorce, you are not going to be able to marrying or have sexual relations with that 16 or 17 year old girl anymore by asking their parents permission if the current bill in the Costa Rican legislature passes.
Lawmakers would like to ban by law marriages in which at least one of the people involved is a minor.
According to the proposed plan, no one under 18 would be able to marry. As it is now, minors can marry with parental consent.
The initiative is known as legislative record 19,337 and it also seeks to protect minors in another way as well. It would become illegal for an adult to have sex with a person between the ages of 13 and 18.
It would not prevent sex between minors, as long as it is consensual. The plan hopes to strengthen the legal protection offered to children and teenagers and prevent further situations of violence.
Amendments would be made to the Criminal Code, Civil Code, Family Code and the law of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal. The penalty would range from two to six years depending on the age of the victim.