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To get married in Connecticut, individuals must follow Connecticut marriage laws, particularly the requirements for obtaining a marriage license. Minors must obtain parental consent in addition to a marriage license. Note that same-sex marriages are legal in Connecticut. The requirements for a Connecticut marriage license are set forth below.

 

Connecticut Marriage Consent Laws

  • With Parental Consent: 16 and 17 year olds must obtain written parental consent in order to marry in Connecticut. Those under 16 years old must also obtain a court order.
  • Without Parental Consent: Individuals 18 years of age and older may marry in Connecticut without parental consent.

 

Connecticut Common Law Marriage

Connecticut does not recognize common law marriages.

 

Connecticut Marriage License

  • Residency:  No Connecticut residency requirement.
  • Tests: None.
  • Identification Required:  Couples must present a photo ID, as well as the following information: social security numbers, mothers’ maiden names, and parents’ birthplaces.
  • Appearance/Proxy:  Proxy marriages are not allowed in Connecticut.
  • Previous Marriages:  Individuals who were previously married should present a copy of their divorce decree, or information on the date and location the previous marriage ended. If your name has changed, a certified copy of the divorce decree is required.
  • Length of License:  65 days from the date of issuance.
  • Fees:  In general, Connecticut marriage license fees range from $30-$35, but may vary by county.
  • Authorized Connecticut Officiants:  Judges and retired judges as well as licensed or ordained members of the clergy may perform a Connecticut marriage ceremony.

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