How to find out if someone is married in Jamaica?
How to find out if someone is married in Jamaica? || Answered By Aneisha Dobson, Associate Writer
I wonder what prompted you to ask such a question?
Is it simply out of mere curiosity?
Or are you’re trying to catch a rat?
Anyway, that’s none of my business :-) I am here to provide you with useful information that adequately answers your questions.
But, if you’re feeling open, you can always drop a story down at the comment section below.
Now, to the meat of the matter.
Marriage is a legally recognized union of two people as spouses in a consensual and contractual relationship.
Therefore, in order to answer your question, I must briefly explain certain legal aspects of marriage in Jamaica.
Other than the bride and groom, the Marriage Officer is another important individual in the ceremony.
The Marriage Officer
Here in Jamaica it is a legal requirement that a marriage be conducted by duly qualified marriage officer.
So, if the person who conducts the marriage ceremony was not a marriage officer, it would not be a legal marriage. Regardless of the fact that the person could be a priest, reverend, pastor, bishop or archbishop, he/she must be a marriage officer for the marriage to be considered a legal union!
After the ceremony
Another important element is the Marriage Register Book.
According to the Marriage Act, when the ceremony has been completed the bride and groom, their witnesses and the marriage officer will sign the form in the Marriage Register Book and they will also sign a duplicate.
The marriage officer would hand over the certified copy to the couple. In addition, the marriage officer is required by law to submit the duplicate copy of the marriage register to the Registrar General's Department, where it must be filed in the General Register Office.
And to answer your question...
The Search - How to find out if someone is married in Jamaica?
Since the marriage registers are filed in the General Register Office at Register General’s Department, this is where your search should begin.
Yes, you may also also persons who the individual might have been connected to but the only sure route is through the desinated authority in Jamaica, the RGD.
In addition to the name of the person, another useful piece of information they will require is the time in which the marriage took place.
If you know the exact year of the marriage, then you can request a search for the whole year. The search becomes even easier if you know both the year and the month that the marriage ceremony was conducted.
But what if you have no information regarding the time of the wedding?
This is a high possibility.
In that case, you’ll have to ask for the search to be done for a period of years.
If your search is successful, congratulations!
However, in order to get a certified copy of the duplicate marriage register that is sealed and stamped with the seal by office, you’ll have to pay a fee.
On the contrary, if your search proves to be unsuccessful and there is no evidence of a marriage of that person, then you may assume that the person did not get married here in Jamaica.
But that may not be true at all.
It may very well be that the marriage officer did not submit the duplicate register to the Registrar General's Department.
Therefore, there will be no record of the marriage at the General Office. Now, this will not mean that the person is not married, but that there is no record of it by the authorities.
If you seek further information you may contact the Registrar General’s Department.
Here’s the contact info:
Registrar General's Department
Twickenham Park St. Catherine
Tel: 876-749-0550 or 876-619-1260
Email: information @ rgd.gov.jm
All the best on your search!
As usual, I welcome your comments
See also: Marriage In Jamaica
• Justice, M. o. (n.d.). Marriage Act. Retrieved from Ministry of Justice: www.moj.gov.jm/laws/marriage-act
• Macaulay, M. (2017, Decemeber 18). How can I find out if someone is married in Jamaica? Retrieved from Jamaica Observer: www.jamaicaobserver.com/all-woman/how-can-i-find-out-if-someone-is-married-in_120023?profile=1253