Mexican Wedding Laws

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If your thinking of getting married in Rocky Point check out the current Mexican Marriage Laws…
Legal Marriage Ceremonies Performed in Mexico
People under the age of 18 may not get married in Mexico without parental consent. With parental consent, boys have to be at least 16 and girls need to be at least 14 years of age.
Foreigners are not subject to residency requirement, but will have to identify themselves by presenting their tourist cards and/or visas as well as a copy of their passports.
In the case of two non-Mexicans, the civil marriage process is designed to eliminate undue delay. However, if one of the spouses is a Mexican national, permission must be given by the Secretaria de Gobernación; this request may require several months to be processed.
At the time of entering into the civil marriage, the couple must declare that they are being married either: (a) with all goods and property in common (all goods held as “community property”) or (b) under the regime of “separación de bienes” which means that each individual will maintain ownership of their pre-marriage property.
If one or both individuals has previously been married to a person still living, then proof of a legal divorce must be provided. These must be certified under the “Apostille Protocol.”
Persons previously married must present proof of the termination of that marriage in the form of a divorce decree or death certificate. If the divorce or death took place outside of Mexico, it must be authenticated and translated into Spanish. Divorced people cannot marry in Mexico until one year after the termination of the divorce. If either party is widowed, the death certificate of the deceased spouse will be needed as part of the documentation requirements.
Witnesses – You will need to have 4 witnesses present at the legal ceremony, and they must have valid identification.
Validity Outside of Mexico – Your Marriage Certificate will be valid worldwide, but you should get your certificate legalized in Mexico to ensure it is legally accepted when you get back home. In Mexico, a civil marriage is valid for legal purposes worldwide, however, a spiritual wedding without first being married in a civil ceremony is not.
Before a couple may be married by the Church they must have been married under civil law by a judge or justice of the peace. It does not matter whether the civil ceremony is performed in Mexico or in some other country, but proof of the marriage must be presented.
NOTE:  There are many more legalities, such as paperwork, blood tests no more than 14 days before wedding date (approximately $100 USD per couple), etc., plus birth certificates apostilized by the Mexican consulate in your home country must be sent preferrably 3 months before the wedding.

In Mexico, church weddings do not change your marital status, so you will need to get married by a Justice of the Peace before your church wedding.

The marriage requirements above are for two foreign citizens. If one of the people to be married is a Mexican citizen, the process is lengthy and you will need to present your papers to the Instituto Nacional de Migración in advance.

NOTE:  Because of the legalities of Mexico law, to simplify the process of getting married there, remember, a wedding ceremony performed by a United States minister/officiant in Mexico is not a legal ceremony, however, a brief legal ceremony (usually about five minutes + signing the marriage license) with witnesses can be arranged anywhere in the Greater Phoenix area (or Arizona) prior to a ceremony and celebration in Mexico. That way your wedding will cost you less, be legal in the U.S., less time consuming and stress-free!

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