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Registration of Marriage in Thailand

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For the purpose of this article, we will assume you are a foreign national wishing to marry a Thai national (although the procedure is much the same if both are foreigners).

It's a pretty painless process to marry in Thailand but you will have to jump through a few hoops with your embassy and document translations and legalisation. The marriage itself is carried out at the local Amphur office (town hall) and carried out according to Thai law but you must first produce the following. . .

You are now ready to submit your documents to the registrar at your local Amphur office and you marriage will be officially registered. You will be issued with the Thai marriage certificate. You do not even need an appointment. However, the senior official will be required to register the marriage when a foreigner is involved, so it's a good idea to make sure he will be available to perform the registration, in order to save you a wasted journey. You should take the following along with you. . .

It is possible to pay an agent or a lawyer to help you with the process of obtaining the documents but our advice is to save your money, as there is nothing here that you cannot do yourself and in the same timescale.

A marriage carried out and registered according to Thai law will be recognised in most countries. Check with your own embassy. You may also wish to have a sworn translation of your marriage certificate into your own language so that it can be used as a legal document in your own country.

You are now married to a Thai and can apply for visa extensions. . . but don't forget, this is only the legal part. Thais generally consider the ceremony and party to be the real marriage. Good luck!

Note: An important point to remember when marrying a divorced Thai woman. If she has been divorced for less than 310 days, according to Thai law one of the following conditions must be met before she can remarry. . .

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