I WANT TO GET MARRIED IN IRELAND
If you are over 18 and there is no legal obstacle to you getting married (such as already being married to somebody else) then provided that you conform with the formalities required by Irish law, you can marry in Ireland.
As the law stands, a marriage in Ireland must be between a man and woman and cannot be between persons of the same sex.
- If you intend to marry in the office of the Registrar of Civil Marriages, then you must comply with their requirements concerning length of residence in the Registrar’s district and quite often there is a waiting list, particularly in Dublin, and although the normal period for waiting is three months, it can often be a lot longer.
- A three-month notice must be served on the Registrar of Civil Marriages and an appointment must then be made.
- At that time you must produce a birth certificate, a passport or driving license and there may also be other documents required by the Registrar as proof of residency.
- If one of you has been married previously, then a copy of a divorce decree will be required and where this divorce took place in another country, you should make sure that you have an original decree, or a notarised copy, so as to avoid difficulties.
- If a previous marriage has been annulled, the procedure is similar but in many cases the Registrar of Civil Marriages will not accept a foreign annulment and in these circumstances, and in certain circumstances where foreign divorces have been obtained, it may be necessary to make an application to the Circuit Court to have the divorce or the annulment confirmed and recognised as legally binding here in Ireland.
- If one of the parties is a widow or a widower then it will be necessary to obtain a copy of their late spouse’s death certificate and their previous marriage certificate.
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