Title 16
FAMILY AND MINORS
 

Part I.  Family
 
Chapter 1.  Marriage

Section 16.101.  Requisites of marriage contract.
Section 16.102.  License.
Section 16.103.  Marriage certificate.

      Section 16.101.  Requisites of marriage contract.

     (1)  A marriage performed in the State is valid, if:

     (a)  The male at the time of marriage is at least eighteen years of age and the female at least sixteen years of age, and, if the female is less than eighteen years of age, the marriage has the consent of at least one of the female's parents or her guardian;

     (b)  Neither party has a lawful living spouse; and

     (c)  An ordained minister performs a marriage ceremony in the presence of at least two witnesses.

     (2)  The parties may pay a fee to the person performing the marriage ceremony.

Background
Amended by State Law 6-62.

      Section 16.102.  License.
      If in his judgment the parties are free to marry, the Governor grants a license for a marriage in which either party is a non-domiciliary upon the filing of a license application and the payment of a twenty dollar fee.  Before performing a marriage ceremony the performing party assures that compliance with Section 16.101 has occurred and that the parties have received a medical clearance from the Department of Health Services.

      Section 16.103.  Marriage certificate.
      A person makes and preserves a record of each marriage performed by him, showing the parties married, their places of residence and the date of marriage, and delivers to the bride immediately after the ceremony a marriage certificate, signed by him, the marriage witnesses, and the parties married.  Within ten days after the marriage he sends a copy of the marriage certificate to the Division of Planning and Statistics.  The Governor prepares a marriage certificate form.  If a form is not available, a person performing a marriage provides the bride with a certificate conforming to this section and the Division of Planning and Statistics with a copy of the certificate.

Background
Amended by State Law 7-1.
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