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Are Jamaican marriages legal in the U.S.A?

Are Jamaican marriages legal in the U.S.A.?
The answer is Yes!

Every country in the world has a marriage act that governs the institution of marriage which is legal and binding across all nations, providing the parties are in possession of a signed, witnessed, and registered marriage title.

That title is applied through the country in which the marriage took place and bears the seal of the country.

Jamaica is no exception.

The marriages performed here are legal and binding in the United States and other nations across the globe.

So whether you are a resident of Jamaica, or a visitor from another country wishing to get married in Jamaica, there are certain procedures that should be undertaken before the vows can be taken.

Persons coming to the island to get married should be in the country one day before the wedding to facilitate the necessary paperwork.

For marriages to be legal here in Jamaica, both parties must sit with the marriage officer, presenting him or her with the following documents before the marriage takes place.

  • Both partiesโ€™ birth certificates which must include the fatherโ€™s name or information, substantiating the same
  • Photo identifications
  • Parental Consent if the bride is under 18 years
  • Occupations of bride and groom
  • If either party was married before, certified final divorce papers or death certificate of the deceased spouse
  • The relevant fees.

Following the marriage, the bride and groom sign the marriage license along with the witnesses and it is handed over to the bride.

This license will enable the couple to apply for their marriage certificate from the Registrar Generalโ€™s Office.

If you are living anywhere in the world and are desirous of getting married in Jamaica, you must make contact with a registry in Jamaica to go through the process for you and you must be on the island at least a day before the nuptials as the relevant documents can be had from a walk-in visit to the relevant agencies.

Be sure to read our article on marriage in Jamaica for more, including a recommendation to a top marriage specialist here in Jamaica.

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