Marriage in Thailand involves certain legal requirements and procedures. Here is a step-by-step guide:
- 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.
- Documentation: The following documents are typically 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.
- Registration: The marriage must be registered at the District Office (Amphur) or the local District Office in the presence of two witnesses. Both parties must provide the necessary documents and complete the marriage registration forms.
- Marriage Ceremony: A marriage ceremony can be conducted at the District Office or a registered place of worship. It can be a simple or elaborate ceremony based on the couple’s preferences. The ceremony 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: To have the marriage 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 recommended 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.