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Marriage In The Dominican Republic
by Expat Focus columnist, Lindsay de Feliz
Not very many Dominicans actually marry, most just live together. Those who do marry tend to be from the middle and upper classes, probably because of the cost involved. To be honest is makes little difference as those who live together say they are married and call each other husband and wife. I remember standing next to my now husband when we had been living together for a few months and he was telling someone he was married, and I flipped my lid telling him I had no idea he was married, until he explained to me that he was married to me. However, if you do legally marry, the status on your identity card is changed from single to married, and that carries something of a status symbol.
Getting married is a fairly straightforward process, usually happening in front of a judge at the local council offices. The judge will also go to wherever you want, should you want a wedding in a different venue, usually at a hotel or on the beach.
Until recently you could only get married in church if you were a Catholic, but the law has been changed to allow certain Evangelical churches to perform legal weddings as well. You need to provide a whole range of paperwork including birth certificate, passport or identity card, divorce papers or a certificate sworn in front of a notary public to say you are single.
According to the law women cannot get married until 10 months after they have been divorced, in case they are carrying their ex husband’s child, although this is often ignored in the case of foreigners...
Read more about marriage in the Dominican Republic
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