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o contract a valid marriage in this State the parties to the marriage must: have the capacity to marry each other; freely consent to the marriage; and, observe the marriage notification process as required by the laws of this State All parties must be over 18 years of age. Persons aged under 18 must obtain the permission of the Circuit Family Court or the High Court to get married. The couple must contact the Office of the Registrar and make an appointment with Registrar to give notification of intention to marry (notification must be given at least 3 months in advance of the ceremony and couples are advised to do so at the earliest possible stage). Documents Required when giving a Notification of Marriage 1. Passport or Driving Licence as a photo ID. 2. Birth Certificate (Civil, not Church cerIs it Possible to give less then 3 tificate). months notice to the Registrar? 3. If either party is divorced, original final decree of divorce. Yes it is. An exemption from this require4. If either party has a civil partnership ment may be sought from the High Court or the Circuit Family Court under section 33 of dissolution, original dissolution. the Family Law Act, 1995 in certain circum5. If widowed, death certificate of the pre- stances. vious spouse and the civil marriage cerIt is an informal procedure which will be held tificate for their first marriage. in private, and you may apply in person 6. If a surviving civil partner, the death without a solicitor should you choose. There is no court charge for the application. certificate of the previous civil partner and the civil partnership registration Before the court will grant the exemption you certificate. must show: 7. If party to a civil partnership or marriage that was annulled by an Irish 1. that there are good reasons for your Court, the final decree of nullity and a application letter from the relevant court confirming that no appeal was lodged. 2. that the granting of such an Exemption Order is in the best interests of 8. PPS Numbers (where either or both of the parties to the intended marriage. the parties have one). 9. Fee of €150. Additional documentation may be required in some cases. The Registrar will advise what is required in each case.
If you are granted a Court Exemption Order, you still have to make arrangements to meet the Registrar at least 5 days before you get married.
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Additional Details Required: 1. The intended date of marriage, 2. Whether the couple require a civil or religious ceremony, 3. The names and dates of birth of the two witnesses, and 4. Details of the proposed solemniser and venue
The couple will also both have to complete a declaration of no impediment stating that they are not aware of any lawful impediment to the proposed marriage. This should be signed by couple in the Registrar’s presence. Marriage Registration Form (MRF), This is issued to the couple by the Registrar when the notification process is complete. This is the couple’s civil licence to marry. It is a crucial document and your marriage cannot be civilly registered without it. The MRF should be given to the Registrar or religious solemniser solemnising the marriage prior to the ceremony.
About Letters of Freedom
For a religious ceremony couples are often requested to get a letter from the parishes they have lived in since 18 years old stating that there is no record of them having contracted marriage in their marriage registrar. This is sometimes difficult where either party has lived in many different places or in a foreign country. An alternative to this is to swear an affidavit before a Solicitor attesting that you have never been married religiously or civilly in any jurisdiction.
Solemnisation and Registration Process Marriage by Civil Ceremony 1. Marriages by civil ceremony may take place at the Office of a Registrar of Civil Marriages. If you wish to have a civil ceremony at a venue other than a Registry Office, you must contact the Registration Office and apply to have the venue approved. Please note there will be additional fees for civil marriages at venues other than registry offices. The ceremony must be performed in the presence of two witnesses who should both be over 18 years of age. At the end of the ceremony, the Registrar, the couple and the witnesses must all sign the MRF.
Marriage by Religious Ceremony 1. Marriages by religious ceremony may be performed according to the customs and ceremonies of the church. However, all the civil requirements must first be complied with and the couple must have been issued with a MRF by a registrar which they must show to the person solemnising the marriage. The ceremony must be performed in the presence of two witnesses who are both over 18 years of age. The couple must make two declarations: that neither of them knows of any impediment to the marriage and that they accept each other as husband and wife. At the end of the ceremony, the solemniser, the couple, and the witnesses must all sign the MRF. The completed MRF should be given to a registrar (not necessarily the registrar who issued it) within 1 month of the ceremony, so that the marriage can be civilly registered. Important points about your Will
It is important to make a will because if you do not, the law on intestacy decides what happens your property. This may not reflect your wishes. If you have children, it is particularly important to have a will that deals with the situation of both parents dying and that appoints guardians and trustees. If you already have a will and you then marry or enter into a civil partnership, your will is revoked, unless it was made in contemplation of that marriage or civil partnership Call us today at (021) 4824426 if you wish to discuss the best way to make provision for your loved ones.