The Ambassador, in his capacity as Civil Status Register, can celebrate or take note of marriages.
Each and every one of the two future spouses must personally hand the following documents over the Civil Status Registrar:
- Copy of the birth certificate, less than 3 months old, issued for the purpose of the marriage;
- Copy of acts granting dispensations.
While receiving the abovementioned documents, the Ambassador, in his capacity as Civil Status Registrar, ask if the future spouses have already contracted marriage and instruct them, if any, to indicate the date and the way the previous wedding was concluded or broken.
The future spouse must give evidence that the previous wedding, if any, could not prevent from concluding the present one.
In order to prepare the act of marriage, the Ambassador, Civil Status Registrar:
- Asks if it was agreed upon the payment of dowry as a condition for the wedding, the amount, the settlement paid to the lady, and the term fixed for the balance.
- Inquires about the matrimonial option chosen (monogamy, polygamy) and the matrimonial regime (separate administration patrimonies, joint administration properties, etc.).
After these investigations, the Civil Status Registrar publishes the banns, through billposting, for duration of 15 days, in order to get possible oppositions.
If no opposition is received during that period of time, the marriage is publicly celebrated.
The future spouses personally come before the Registrar, the day chosen by them at the time determined by him.
Each of them is assisted by an adult witness. A marriage certificate is issued to the wife and a Family Booklet to the husband.
If the future spouses have chosen to contract marriage according to the traditions, they must inform the Registrar, one month in advance.
They personally come before the Registrar and hand over copies of their birth certificates and dispensations.
The Registrar asks questions about the consent to the marriage, the matrimonial option and the matrimonial regime and secures the date, time and venue for the conclusion of the marriage.
The D-day, the marriage is noticed, in the presence of two old age witnesses, for every one of the spouses.
The wedding certificate is handed over the wife and the Family Booklet to the husband.
Otherwise, during the six (06) months following the wedding, the spouses must come before the Registrar, accompanied by two old age witnesses who attended the marriage and certify the informed consent by the two parties.
The Registrar proceeds with the formalities as stated in the Family Code, secures the date, venue and whereabouts the conclusion of the marriage and issues the wedding certificate.
He delivers the wedding certificate to the wife and the Family Booklet to the husband.
Delayed declaration of the wedding still entitles to the spouses the benefits of matrimonial rights as stated in the Family Code.
However, the future spouses can decide not to come before the Registrar.
In such a case, the marriage is valid but the spouses cannot claim any family benefits from the Government, local governance entities, public enterprises, public or private companies.
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