THIS APPLIES TO ALL MARRIAGESTo contract a valid marriage in this state the parties to the marriage must: Marriage by civil ceremony is a civil contract.Marriage by certain religious and secular ceremonies is also recognised by civil law as being a civil contract.
In addition to their personal particulars, the couple will be requested to provide details in relation to their proposed marriage such as They 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.
A list of impediments is contained at Appendix 1 at the end of this webpage.
Failure to produce such evidence will result in refusal to proceed with the marriage.
Persons aged under 18 must obtain the permission of the Circuit Family Court or the High Court to get married.
Marriage is a solemn legal contract; therefore it is vital that all the necessary preliminaries for a marriage be completed in order that the marriage is legally valid.
The marriage provisions of the Civil Registration Act, 2004 became law on 5th November 2007.Notifications can be taken only by prior appointment with the Registrar.While only three months’ notice is required by law, couples are advised to contact the Registrar well over three months before their intended date of marriage to ensure they can get a timely appointment.In general, all couples will be asked to produce:- Additional documentation may be required in some cases, such as where a divorce has been granted outside the State and it must be determined whether it is recognised under Irish law.The Registrar will advise what is required in each case, including any requirement for an interpreter(s).Nor does it deal with the religious preliminaries which are required for church or other religious marriage.