UPDATED: November 29, 2010
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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.