Thailand Marriage is one of the most important occasions in our lives, as it celebrates the love as well as leaving a priceless memory for us to cherish for a lifetime. Like any other occasion, getting married requires a lot of preparation. For those planning to get married in Thailand, one must be familiar with the processes and legalities that come with it.
- – Both parties should be of legal age or should be in a marriageable age according to the home country’s law.
- – The court may allow the couple to marry before attaining legal age if having an appropriate reason.
- – Both parties should not be deemed an insane person or found to be incompetent.
- – Both parties should have no blood relations in half or full.
- – Both parties should not have the same adoptive parents.
- – Either party should not be married at the time of marriage.
For Thai nationals:
- – National ID card for both parties
- – House Registration Certificate for both parties
- – Change name or surname documents if applicable
- – Proof of termination of previous marriage, Death or Divorce Certificate, whichever is applicable
- – Be accompanied by at least two witnesses
For Foreign nationals:
- – Copy of passport with arrival card
- – Affidavit from the embassy stating marital status
- – Translated copy of affidavits, certified and approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Registering your marriage
Thai marriage registration can be made by both parties who intend to get married by providing consent to take each other as husband and wife before the registrar to have it recorded. This can be done by:
- – Affixing signatures of both persons giving consent in the Register at the time of marriage registration;
- – Providing a consent document which states the names of both parties involved in the marriage, signed by the person giving consent;
- – Verbal declaration in front of two witnesses if needed;
An application for Thai marriage registration can be processed at any District Office or Local District Office within the Kingdom, regardless of the couple’s birthplace. If the marriage registration is filed at the District office where the female was born, the title used for the female’s last name and fore name will be changed by the District Officer. The female party will be required to file for a new National ID Card within 60 days from marriage registration. Remember that you would need to have a prenuptial before this time. This will occur before your US visa application or your Australian visa application from Thailand.
If the marriage is registered in another place, the female party is required to contact the local district office to change her name and last name, as well as processing for a new national ID Card. If both parties fail to file for Thailand marriage registration at any district office, the couple may submit a request to the Registrar to register their marriage at any location under the direct supervision of that district office. Always take proper legal advice about your Thailand marriage from a Thai law firm.
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