About the map

The data shown in this map is based on the review of legal documents (civil codes, family codes and in some instances criminal codes), news, research and reports available online.

The information by country may be unbalanced in terms of quantity and indicators taken into account. This diversity of data is the result of the different administrative configurations within certain countries (for example, since Mexico is a Federal Republic, it has different civil codes for each federal entity); and the unique contexts of each individual country. We take into account, for example, the age of sexual consent only when there is legislative controversy in the country.

We do not include legislative data of French Guiana, an overseas territory of France, because it has identical legal status to that of any other region of France; therefore politically and administratively speaking, the territory is part of the European Union.

Data updated in February 2018

INFOGRAPHICS OF LEGISLATIVE MAPPING:

Infographics on the regulation of the minimum age for formal unions in Latin America and the Caribbean:

– Regional Map
– Mexico
– Central America
– Caribbean
– South America

 

See also (in spanish): REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL INSTRUMENTS ON EARLY UNIONS