December 26, 2007,
G.R. asks from Orlando, FL on December 19, 2007
Getting Married ASAP !!
Hi, My friend wants to get married and wants to get married ASAP. Is their a way that she is able to get married as soon as a month or so through the court? Any kind of info would be nice. Thanks !!
K.B. answers from Jacksonville on December 19, 2007
Yes...I am a minister and I can marry them...All they need to do is go to the Town hall and get a marriage license. Here are the laws for Florida...
Requirements may vary as each county in Florida could have their own requirements.
You do not have to be a resident of Florida.
Florida requires that you have picture ID such as a driver's license and your Social Security card or a valid passport number or I-94 card. You may be asked for a certified copy of your birth certificate.
Previous Marriages: If you have been previously married, the date of your divorce or date of your spouse's death must be supplied. If the divorce or spouse's death occurred within the past 30 days, a certified copy of the divorce decree or death certificate is required.
Waiting Period: There is no waiting period for Florida residents have both completed a state sanctioned marriage preparation course within the last 12 months. There is a three-day waiting period for Florida residents who have not taken the course.
Fees: $93.50. Many locales do accept credit cards now, but be sure to check with the local county clerk to make sure.
Couples who have completed a state-sanctioned marriage preparation course within the past 12 months are entitled to a discount.
If an individual is under 18 years of age, but older than 16 years of age, a marriage license can be obtained with parental consent. If a parent has sole custody or the other parent is dead, the permission of one parent is sufficient. If a person is under the age of 16, the marriage license has to be issued by a county judge, with or without parental permission. If a minor's parents are both deceased and there is not an appointed guardian, he/she may apply for a marriage license. A minor who has been previously married may also apply for a license. A minor who swears that they have a child or are expecting a baby, can apply for a license if the pregnancy has been verfied by a written statement from a licensed physician. A county court judge may at his/her discretion issue or not issue a license for them to marry.
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K.B. answers from Tampa on December 20, 2007
i just got married in September. we went to the courthouse on a Tuesday and got married on Saturday. in Hillsborough county once you get the marriage license you only have to wait three days before you can get married. each county may be a little different. if your friend is not in hillsborough county i would suggest having her call the clerk of court in her county and asking them what they need to do. hope this helps!
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C.B. answers from Lakeland on December 20, 2007
http://www.polkcountyclerk.net/departments/county_civil/m... just check this website out and it will answer all the questions that she will have
F.S. answers from Tampa on December 20, 2007
My husband and I got married at the Courthouse. We decided last minute to do it before our first child was born (10 days! lol).
You got to the courthouse and apply for the license then need to wait 24 hours and go back and they will do the ceremony. They make you have that waiting period to cool off- lol.
Congratulations to your friend!
S.G. answers from Tampa on December 26, 2007
I know that you can go to the Veterans Park near the Bay Pines VA which is free. You just have to call and reserve Shelter 5, its beautiful and overlooks the water. They dont do the justice of the peace anymore, its all done by the notary now. I think they charge like 100.00 bucks now.
They have to apply for their marriage liscence and wait like 3-5 days before they can get married, but they need to go to the courthouse asap and get that information.
D.R. answers from Tampa on December 20, 2007
We eloped to Reno, NV. No blood tests, no waiting period. Just make an appointment with a "chapel" and they do the rest for you. Best wishes to your friend.
If you want to get married in Florida, you can get married by a Notary - maybe your friend knows a Notary who she would like to perform the ceremony?
A.B. answers from Tampa on December 20, 2007
everyone has said how easy it is to get married, but what i am thinking is.........why so quick?? marriage is a very big step and much harder (and very expensive) to get out of. if they are wanting to marry now- then they should still want to be married in a year or 2. no one married for 50 yrs or better has every said, 'i wish we got married sooner'
M.E. answers from Orlando on December 20, 2007
Just wanted to let you know that in the state of Florida a notary public can marry you. If you have any friends that are of this occupations they could do it tomorrow. (as long as they get a marriage liscence.)