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The Milestone guide to wedding law in Jersey
Jersey (the largest of the Channel Islands) is part of the British
Isles, but not part of the UK. It thus has its own unique legal system
with its own marriage laws and so is not subject to the new UK
restrictions on non-Europeans marrying. This section applies to civil
weddings held in Jersey.
- You must both be over sixteen - but if one of you is under twenty
you need written permission from the relevant parent or guardian.
- Both parties must be free to marry, and not too closely related.
- You must both be capable of understanding the nature of the
ceremony, and be acting of your own free will.
- Civil - Performed by a Registrar.
Can take place in a Register Office or in any premises approved for
marriage by a local authority. Ceremonies can only legally take place
between 8am and 7pm.
- All paperwork can be completed in advance by post. It is best to
allow at least six weeks for processing.
- You need to submit an Avis de Mariage (Marriage Notice) to the
Superintendant Registrar, at a current cost of UKP 20 each (plus a
UKP 50 postal administration fee and any other relevant charges}.
You need to have decided the date and the place where you intend to
There is a residency requirement of three days before your marriage
When the Registrar is satisfied the marriage would be legal, your
marriage details are displayed for at least seven days after which a
license (valid for three months) is issued. Further formalities have
to be completed in person at least three days before the wedding.
- You will also need to make arrangements with a Registrar to actually
perform the ceremony.
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