Germany - Getting Married
Germany does not recognize common law marriages and requires a mandatory civil wedding ceremony before a registrar of vital statistics (Standesbeamter) at the local Office of Vital Statistics (Standesamt)
The minimum age for marriage is eighteen. With parental consent, one party may be younger than eighteen, but not younger than sixteen years of age. You might have to consult a family court.
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- Once you have all papers prepared and turned in, then - depending on your special case - it will be only a matter of 2-6 weeks before the civil wedding ceremony
- Both spouses must be present at the mandatory civil wedding ceremony.
- A religious ceremony by a military chaplain or civilian clergyman is optional.
- Upon completion of the registry process you have to get married within the following 6 months
- Name of the couple getting married.
- Name of their Witnesses.
- Age of the couple intending to get married.
- Marital history.
- If your fiancé (e) cannot be present when you register for the impending marriage, then you need to present a written statement indicating that he/she agrees to the initiation of the registry process (Beitrittserklarung).
- Date of Birth.
- City or County of Birth.
If you contemplate getting married in Germany you have to visit the “Standesamt” to give notice of the impending marriage. Call the “Standesamt” to verify opening hours before visiting because most likely the office will be open only for a couple of hours during the week.
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- Passport. Military i.d. Cards are not always accepted.
- Birth certificate.
- An affidavit stating that you are single.
- Marriage questionnaire
- Power of attorney to register.
- Certificate of eligibility to marry
- Widowed persons must submit the death certificate of their former spouse.
- Certificate of Finality of Divorce
- Certified copy of the divorce judgment
- Marriage Certificate (of all previous marriages)
- Bi-lingual Affidavit of Marital History
- A foreign fiancé (e) not residing within Germany or another European Union (EU) country has to either apply for a VISA or may enter the country without a VISA (where possible).
- If one of the parties to be wed is at least 16 years old but not yet 18 years old, the
- German age of emancipation, then that party needs to seek approval from the Family Court in order to be wed.
The civil ceremony costs about 100€-200€. There may be additional fees during the application process.
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Six (6) months
Generally, you can choose between three “Standesämter”
(1) The one where you are stationed
(2) The one where you live and
(3) The one where your fiancé (e) resides
(4) Any other “Standesamt” in Germany provided that you contacted one of the below - mentioned “Standeslamter” first.
Below are some of registrars’ addresses.
Standesamt Charlottenburg von Berlin
Alt- Lietzow 28
Standesamt Wilmersdorf von Berlin
Berkaer Platz 1
Standesamt Schöneberg von Berlin
Standesamt Tempelhof von Berlin
Tempelhofer Damm 165/169
Standesamt Reinichendorf von Berlin
Standesamt Lichtenberg von Berlin
Standesamt Pankow von Berlin
Standesamt Hohenschönhausen von Berlin
Zingster Str. 2
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How to get married in Germany
All required documents must be translated and be no older than six months. You need to hire a sworn interpreter for the translation or a lawyer to certify it.
If a spouse dies, property and pensions are passed on to the widow(er).
The partners have to support each other financially.
In case of a divorce, a binding settlement can be demanded.
- Marriage in Germany
- Getting Married in Germany
Both parties need a passport as well as proof of residence that has been valid for over three weeks.