Conditions for marriage officiating
Civil marriage or civil union becomes effective at the moment of its celebrations. The spouses have, from that moment, mutual obligations of respect, fidelity, help and assistance. They shall live their life together and, as such, during the celebrations of their civil marriage or the civil union, the civil marriage celebrant, the officiant notary will explain to them the rights and duties of married couples.
Marriage or civil union becomes effective at the moment of its celebrations. The joint people have, from that moment, mutual obligations of respect, fidelity, help and assistance. They shall live their life together and, as such, during the celebrations of the marriage or the civil union, the officiating notary will explain to them the rights and duties of married couples.
People who wish to get married or form a civil union must respect, among others, the following requirements:
- be at least 18 years old. People aged between 16 and 18 can get married if they obtain parental consent or the consent of their tutors, but they cannot form a civil union;
- give their consent publicly, freely and clearly, before an authorized officiator and in the presence of two witnesses;
- be free of any former marriages or civil unions with other people;
- not be closely related (respecting matrimonial law – prohibited degrees of kinship).
Parties to a civil union can get married despite the bond that has already united them. The marriage will entail the dissolution of the civil union, while maintaining its civil effects, which will be, from that point on, considered as effects of the marriage, starting from the date when their civil union had been officiated.
A notary represents the best choice.
Apart from celebrating your civil marriage, he will help you understand all the implications of the marriage. The notary who officiates a marriage has the duty of counselling the marrying couple and will inform the parties in regard to a series of financial and legal matters, especially those concerning the family patrimony.
The consequences of choosing or not a matrimonial regime (marriage contract, separation of goods, or a personalized regime according to both partners ‘choices), the family residence (and the right of one party to enlist his or her main residence at the Land Registry), etc.
It should be known that the notary is the only officiator authorized by law to offer explanations and judicial counselling regarding the effects of marriage.
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