Marriage in Indiana

You should always look before you leap, or that’s how the saying goes, anyway.  Well, it certainly applies in the case of planning a wedding!  It is definitely wise to look at the rules, laws, and regulations of the state and county in which you are planning on getting married before you start making any concrete arrangements for your marriage ceremony. 

What to Bring to Get the Marriage License

Luckily, Indiana isn’t one of the states that asks for an arm and a leg in exchange for the marriage license.  Here’s all you will need to bring in order to get a 60-day license:

  • Driver’s license or state identification card or other identification that shows the current address and date of birth
  • Certified copy of a birth certificate (required in many counties, especially for people younger than age 30)
  • Information about previous marriages:  month and year each ended, as well as how each ended (some counties may require copies of divorce decrees for marriages that ended less than two years ago)
  • Cash for the marriage license fees:  Indiana residents pay $18; residents of other states or countries pay $60

Minors Getting Married

Any minor wanting to get married must bring a certified copy of a birth certificate.  Additionally, 17-year-olds must apply with both parents or those who have legal custody—they need to sign the consent part of the application. 

If an applicant is either 16 or 15 years of age, a different process must be followed.  This person must petition the Circuit Court via a “Permission to Marry” form.  This is done as a way of getting the court’s permission to marry.  The cost for filing this court document is $124—and that fee is not refundable, even if the judge decides against letting the minor marry.

Cousin Marriages in Indiana

It is acceptable for first cousins in the State of Indiana to marry—however, they may only marry if both cousins are at least 65 years of age.  This regulation is in place so as to keep the cousins from having children, since that poses genetic issues.

Common Law Marriages

Common law marriages—ones in which couples live together and present themselves as husband and wife without actually having a legally binding marriage—are not permitted in Indiana.  However, the State of Indiana does recognize common law marriages that have been legalized by another state.

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