Marriage in Thailand involves several legal requirements and procedures. Here are some key points to know:
- Eligibility: Both parties must be at least 17 years old and mentally capable of giving consent to marry. If either party is under 20 years old, parental consent is required.
- Registration: A marriage must be registered at the District Office (Amphur) or the local District Office in the presence of two witnesses. The couple must complete the marriage registration forms and provide necessary documents.
- Documents Required:
- Passport or identification documents
- Affirmation of Freedom to Marry: This document is obtained from the respective embassy or consulate in Thailand and certifies that both parties are eligible to marry.
- Divorce or Death Certificates: If either party has been previously married, proof of divorce or the death certificate of the former spouse must be provided.
- Translations: Any documents not in Thai must be translated into Thai and certified.
- Ceremony: A marriage ceremony can be conducted at the District Office or a religious ceremony at a registered place of worship. The ceremony can be simple or elaborate based on the couple’s preferences. It is not legally required but can be culturally significant.
- Marriage Certificate: After the marriage registration, a marriage certificate (Kor Ror 2) is issued in Thai. This document serves as legal proof of marriage.
- Recognition in Home Country: For the marriage to be recognized in your home country, you may need to have the marriage certificate translated and legalized by the Embassy or Consulate of your country in Thailand. Check the requirements of your home country regarding the recognition of international marriages.
It is advisable to consult with the District Office or seek legal advice for the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding the marriage process in Thailand. Procedures and requirements may vary depending on the specific district or province.