Marriage Registration in Thailand is easy to understand. Family law in Thailand covers a variety of issues like marriage, divorce, prenuptial agreement, last will and testament, child custody and adoption. Thai family law is codified and made by courts and independent judges for freedom of interpretation in some words and sections of the civil code. The Supreme Court of Thailand has ultimate authority and they explain the meanings of certain elements, sections or words written by law. It is advisable to consult a family lawyer if you have family law issues in Thailand. Note that Thai dowry is not part of the legal process.
Marriage Registration in Thailand
Eligibility requirements for Marriage Registration in Thailand:
- Both should not be less than 17 years of age. If still a minor, a parental consent shall be required.
- Both should be in the right state of mind, and not be deemed insane or adjudged incompetent.
- Both should not be in any direct blood relation, or siblings of full or half blood.
- Both should not have the same adoptive parents.
- Both should not have a spouse at the time of marriage. Must be single or divorced.
Documents required for Marriage Registration in Thailand:
- For Thai nationals:
- ID Cards for both parties
- House Registration Certificate for both parties
- Accompaniment by witnesses
- If person filing has previous registered marriage: If divorced, proof of divorce should be presented; in case of spousal death, proof should accompany the application
- For Foreigners:
- Copy of passport with arrival card
- Affidavit regarding marital status of applicant from respective Embassy in Bangkok
- Certified copy of passport page or letter of certification from respective Embassy in Bangkok
- Translated copy of affidavits to Thai, certified and approved by a Foreign Ministry Translator
If previously been married, you need to provide your embassy proof of evidence to this fact and maybe required as well to show the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs a letter of non-attachment notarized by your home Embassy in Bangkok.
The documents for legalization cost 400THB per document and additional fees apply to have your Thai Marriage Certificates translated to English and legalized at the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs officially after the marriage registration at the district office. You can also see other topics on this issues such as marriage in Thailand and its traditions.