Florida would be a beautiful state for anyone's wedding. The scenery is stunning, and the weather is gorgeous most of the time. If you are planning a Florida wedding, though, don't let yourself get caught up in the beauty of the state—there are some important details about Florida marriages about which you should be aware before making any big decisions about your wedding.
It isn't necessary to be a resident of Florida to get married in Florida—and, non-residents have no waiting period. They do, however, have to pay a higher fee. The fee is $93.50.
Florida residents must pay that higher fee as well—unless they have completed a state-sanctioned marriage preparation course within 12 months prior to applying for the marriage license. These courses are typically at least four hours long and teach couples communication skills and how to work on a marriage. Couples who have taken a course pay a much lower fee—typically less than $35. Additionally, residents who have taken the course have not waiting period; in contrast, residents who have not taken the course must wait for three days.
To apply for a marriage license is actually rather simple. Here is what each member of the couple needs to bring:
There are a few instances in which minor individuals can obtain marriage licenses. Here are some of the situations:
If a minor's parents are both deceased and the minor has no court-appointed guardian, the minor may apply for a marriage license without adult consent.
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