Marriage in Thailand
Marriage in Thailand has been explained below. If you are getting married in Thailand and you are looking at having a big wedding then consider looking for a company who can arrange your wedding for you. There are many marriage locations in Thailand and they have become very popular. These companies normally do not register your wedding for you and you will need to find a law firm in Bangkok where most of these weddings occur to register your marriage for you.
Marriage in Thailand
Note that certain companies will arrange a wedding for same-sex couples however these cannot be registered as same-sex marriages in Thailand are illegal.
These are the basic requirements for the marriage process in Thailand. Note that if you are not sure that you are best served by seeking advice from a family lawyer in Thailand. The following are the basic marriage requirements for Thailand.
- – You must be older than 17 years of age as well as your Thai fiancée;
- – If your Thai fiancée is between 17 and 20 her parents must be present to register the wedding;
- – You and your fiancée in Thailand must be single and voluntary getting married;
- – You can’t be a close relative of your Thai fiancée;
- – If your Thai wife has been divorced in the last 310 days then she needs to prove she is not pregnant;
- – You can’t marry your Thai fiancée if she has been declared insane by the courts;
- – Same sex marriage is not allowed in Thailand.
Most people tend to leave the marriage registration to an attorney in Thailand. The reason being that the red tape takes up a lot of your time. Depending on your country the registration process can take anything from 4 days to 1 month to complete. The process starts with obtain a letter from your Embassy located in Bangkok which states that you are single and able to get married. This is the main part of the marriage in Thailand.
This letter you will obtain from your Embassy. It does take a while as will be issued by your embassy however some require you to wait up to 3 weeks such as the Swedish while Canadians are issued theirs on the same day.
Your letter now has to be translated. The letter called a “Freedom to Marry” has to be translated and also authenticated at Thai Foreign Affairs in Bangkok. Once this has been authenticated it needs to go to the Amphurs Office in Bangkok for registration. Note that if you are going to file a prenuptial agreement then this needs to be done at the same time.
Note also that if you are divorced (you or your fiancée) or a widow then you are going to need the original death certificate or divorce decree. The Embassy does not do this in Bangkok and you would need to obtain this from your home country.
Always seek proper legal advice in Thailand when it comes to your letter of affirmation, marriage registration, prenuptial agreements and other family law issues. Always take legal advice before you start the process with a marriage in Thailand
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