Doug fell in love with the former beauty pageant queen and tells those who think it’s strange that “love is ageless’ — we spoke to a top attorney who reveals why it’s totally legal!
Doug Hutchison knows you think it’s strange he’s in love with a girl 35 years his junior — but he doesn’t care. Doug, 51, most famous for The Green Mile, Lost and The X-Files, married Courtney Alexis Stodden, 16, on May 20 in Las Vegas. We know what you’re thinking … is this legal? The answer is … yes.
“Shockingly it is legal,” says top NYC divorce attorney Vikki Ziegler. “However generally you must have one parent or a legal guardian be present at the ceremony or a notarized document for the individual who is 16-years-old to get a marriage license. If you’re under 16, marriage can only be authorized under a court order. If the parents refuse to sign or give their permission then perhaps a court would intervene. Courts unless there is a crime alleged or committed generally do not step in.”
Doug and Courtney have released a statement to E! News:
“We’re aware that our vast age difference is extremely controversial,” the couple said. “But we’re very much in love and want to get the message out there that true love can be ageless.”
Courtney has put her pageant days behind her and is looking to become a country star. Maybe her famous hubby can help her with that now.
Even though it’s legal do you think this is strange?