On Monday, an interdepartmental working group was launched in Berlin to develop an approach to this issue.
"We want to protect children using every means at our disposal", German Justice Minister Heiko Maas noted. He also added that every case is confirmed in a family court, if a husband or wife is younger than 18.
"It's not just about refugees, this applies to everyone living here," Maas stressed. "Those who were born in Germany and wish to marry before reaching the age of majority have to first obtain the permission of a family court. This is a proven approach."
According to existing German law, a couple is allowed to wed if one or both of the partners have turned 16 and obtain court permission.
The Justice Minister also said that the cases of abuse are worth noting: "We must think about the abuse cases before we allow entry to the relatives within the framework of reuniting families. Unfortunately, such cases exist where the marriage was not entirely voluntary."
"We want to find a solution to this problem. I am sure that in the nearest weeks, the federal and regional authorities will provide their solutions," Heiko Maas assured.
Over the past year, more than 1,000 such weddings have been conducted across the country, the vast majority of them involving older Muslim men, many of them recent migrants, among the nearly one million who have come to the country since the start of 2015.