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Connecticut Marriage License Info

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If you are looking to get married in the state of Connecticut, there are some requirements that have to be met. It is recommended that you deal with the legal aspects of your wedding one or more months in advance; the sooner the better. In most cases, you are able to apply for a marriage license with any of Connecticut’s clerk offices in the county where you plan to have your wedding. You can find these offices inside the county probate court or circuit court.

The cost for a marriage license is between $30 and $35; only cash is accepted for this payment. It isn’t required for you to be a current or previous resident of Connecticut to apply for a marriage license (it is valid statewide). There is no waiting period for the license, you will receive the marriage license right away upon payment. You are then able to get married immediately after you receive the marriage license.

Men and women who are looking to be wedded without parental consent in Connecticut are required to be 18 years or older. It is a good idea to bring along your birth certificates incase there are any issue; especially if you are on the younger side. If one of the partners getting married is under the age of 18, it is required that he or she has his or her parents or legal guardians present. If a parent or legal guardian is not available due to death, separation, divorce or other circumstances, there must be proper verification of this fact presented. If you are under the age of 16, you will not be aloud to get married unless you have a court order.

Blood tests are no longer required; as of Oct. 1st, 2003. Once the marriage license is issued, it will expire within 65 days. If one of the partners getting married is widowed or has been through a divorce, a date of death or divorce must be presented. A death certificate would be just if previous spouse has died and a copy of divorce records would be needed if divorced. These documents can be ordered online.

Once you are married, you will need to proceed with changing the wife’s last name. You can do this by presenting the marriage certificate as proof of your legal marriage. You will need this when beginning the process of notifying several government agencies about the name change. Other non government institutions will also need to be notified, such as banks, employers, credit card agencies, memberships and others.

There is a legal name change kit available for you to complete; it can be done before or after the wedding. It is best to complete the required name change documentation before the marriage takes place, making it more convenient on your part.

All of the legal documentation that is needed to complete the entire marriage process should be started or completed prior to the wedding, this will leave less hassles to worry about after the wedding. This way you can enjoy your honeymoon.
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