Marriages in West Virginia

If you are planning to get married in West Virginia, there are a few little things that you should remember, by way of restrictions, so that there are no nasty surprises waiting for you after you have decided on everything.

Underage Weddings:

If the bride or groom are under the age of 18, you may find that there are a few things that they should consider prior to making their decision on getting hitched. Firstly, parental consent must be obtained, from both parties - the man and his soon-to-be wife. However, if the bride is found to be pregnant, there are special exceptions that can be made and it is a good idea to find out about this, if this is the case. You must remember, that after you have received parental consent, or consent from a legal guardian, and you have applied for your marriage license, there is a three day waiting period before you actually receive your license.

Getting Married for the Second (Or third!) Time:

If you have previously been married before, but you still wish to get married again in the state of West Virginia, then you must have a few documents with you when you apply for your marriage license. As well as the usual documentation such as proof of ID and birth certificates and such, you will also need proof that your previous marriage has been dissolved, either by way of a divorce, or a death certificate if your previous partner passed away.

Last Minute Glitches:

There are a few things that will prevent you getting married in the state of West Virginia and one of these is the same sex marriage. Despite the fact that same sex couples are being more and more recognized all over the world, they are still banned in the state of West Virginia, and also in many other states in the US. It is the same for those that wish to marry a cousin. This is still banned, and if you are seen to be trying to wed a cousin, the marriage will not be allowed to proceed.

As long as you have remember all of the above, and you also check out the requirements for getting married in West Virginia, you should face no real problems when you choose to have the happiest day of your life. Obviously, if you are faced with certain restrictions, it may be a good idea to see if you can have your wedding in another state, or remain unmarried for the time being.

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