Marriage / Divorce Marriage Anyone planning to marry in Thailand needs to be aware of the legal requirements entailed. Family Law attorneys at Juslaws & Consult can ensure that a marriage complies with Thai law, and for foreigners that it is recognized abroad as well. The procedures for registering a marriage in Thailand vary according to the nationality of the persons involved. Age is an eligibility requirement. In order to marry in Thailand, both the man and woman must be 17 years of age or older. A court can approve marriage at a younger age if there is an appropriate reason.
Also, neither the man nor the woman can be married to another person at the time of the marriage. When a man and woman publicly declare their intention to marry in front of a Registrar and consent to take each other as husband and wife the Registrar is permitted by law to register the marriage. The registration can occur at any District Office or Minor District Office regardless of the birthplace of the couple. When the marriage has been registered, each party will receive a copy of the Marriage Registration Certificate. Registration of a marriage requires certain documents. Thais must produce their Identification Cards and House Registration Certificates. If either the man or the woman has previously been married they must also produce proof of divorce from their previous spouse, or proof of the former spouse’s death.
Foreigners must produce a copy of their passport along with the stamped arrival card they received when last entering the country. Foreigners also require an affidavit from their embassy certifying that they are not married. The affidavit must be translated into Thai, and certified by a Foreign Ministry- approved translator.