Weddings…Optional
August 29, 2019
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Weddings…Optional

By Marla Jones, Managing Editor • marla@southerntorch.com

DeKALB COUNTY, Ala. — Traditionally, to be legally married in the State of Alabama, you must be married by a judge or an ordained minister. However, thanks to a new law enacted by the Alabama Legislature, that all changes on Thursday, August 29.

The new law now only requires an Alabama Marriage Certificate to be filled out by both parties, notarized, and brought to the Probate Office to be recorded. Once the $74 fee is paid and the certificate delivered, the marriage becomes legal once filed at the Probate Office. An official license with a county’s Probate Office is no longer needed.

A wedding ceremony is optional and no longer required. 

During a conference call on August 22 between all of Alabama’s probate judges, it was determined that courthouse clerks would not be required to notarize any marriage documents. A list of notaries is available on the Alabama Secretary of State’s website.

An Alabama Marriage Certificate form can be found via the Alabama Department of Public Health’s website. There are two separate forms: one for adults over the age of 18 and another for minors (ages 16-17). The new law allows for minors to be legally married with an affidavit of consent from the minor’s parents. 

“I think this will be much simpler,” said DeKalb County Probate Judge Ronnie Osborn. “It will take some getting used to, but will streamline the process.”

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