Marriage Laws in Denmark
A wedding ceremony at Copenhagen City Hall (and most other places) is comfortable and romantic, but it`s also pretty quick, taking between 5 and 10 minutes. The registrar can perform the ceremony in English and even German if you wish. You can exchange short vows and your rings if you wish. After the ceremony, you will sign your marriage certificate with the witnesses. If the conditions are met, we will issue a civil status certificate or a marriage certificate, depending on whether you want to get married in Denmark or abroad. Signing the truth statement means making a legally binding statement that all the information you provide in your marriage proposal is true and accurate and that your receipts are genuine. Also read the article “When you get married – think about the financial aspects”, which explains the importance of marriage for the mutual financial situation of the spouses. A signed power of attorney document approves us here at GMiD to assist you with your marriage proposal and to speak and act on your behalf and with your permission. If you or your partner have already been married, this previous marriage must be legally terminated before you can get married in Denmark. To get married in Denmark, you must both be at least 18 years old and single. If the marriage was annulled in Denmark, you usually do not need to attach documents showing that the marriage has ended. In practice, all marriage applications for international couples are now processed by a special central unit that searches for potential forged documents and suspicious applications that could indicate marriages of convenience. A divorce is a legally recognized and completely definitive end of a marriage or other legal union between two romantic partners.
You should also read the brochure “Når I skal giftes – husk økonomien” (When you get married – think about your finances) about the impact of marriage on the spouses` joint financial situation. Marriage between close relatives is not allowed, and if one of you is under guardianship, the guardian must accept the marriage. We are not lawyers with penthouse offices and expensive suits; We are simply dedicated and highly experienced professionals with a proven track record of over 3,000 successful marriage proposals made with our support and guidance. Due to the pro forma marriage ban, we ask you about your personal situation, for example how long you have known each other, where you met, whether you have children together, whether you live together or have lived together before, etc. Since April 1, 2019, the rules of marriage in Denmark have changed. The procedure required depends on the nationality and residence status of the spouses. Further information in English about marriage in Denmark can be found on the Danish family website Retshuset (Family Law Agency) at: familieretshuset.dk/en/your-life-situation/your-life-situation/international-marriages The 24-year rule is the popular name for a rule in the Danish Immigration Act §9. It contains a number of conditions for a married couple wishing to reside permanently in Denmark. It aims to reduce forced marriages and family reunification.   As regards the Nordic countries (Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden), the property relations of the spouses are governed by the Nordic Convention on Marriage. Under Article 3 of the Convention, property relations between spouses who are nationals of a Contracting State at the time of marriage are governed by the law of the Contracting State in which the spouses establish their habitual residence after marriage. If both spouses subsequently settle in another Contracting State and reside there for at least two years, the law of that State shall apply.
If both spouses previously had their habitual residence there during the marriage or if both are nationals of that State, the law of that State shall apply as soon as the spouses settle there. (Nordic Convention on Marriage, 2006 amending agreement) If you want someone else to help you file a marriage certificate, you can give a power of attorney in writing. It can be someone in your family or a professional. Your marriage does not automatically make your third-country partner an EU citizen. After you get married, your partner will probably have to apply for residency in the country where you both want to live. Until then, you may need to consider traveling to Europe to ensure you`re fully informed about what the country you`re traveling to needs in order to avoid trouble. By signing the declaration, you declare that you are aware of the provisions of the Danish Aliens Act relating to family reunification. However, you do not waive the right to apply for family reunification on the basis of your marriage. This helps couples understand how the whole process works and helps you avoid mistakes that could interfere with your marriage proposal.
If you want to get married, you must send an application – a marriage certificate – to the Family Law Agency and pay a fee of 1650 DKK. Yes, you will receive two international marriage certificates immediately after your wedding. Marriage certificates are in Danish, English and German. Often, couples think that if their marriage certificate is not legalized, it means that their marriage is not legal either. This is not the case. Your marriage in Denmark is legal worldwide once you have signed and received your Danish international marriage certificate. Legalizing your marriage certificate, usually with apostille legalization, means it can be used administratively in another country. However, if one of you is a citizen of another Nordic country, you can choose to apply the marriage rules of that country. Read more about Nordic citizens here It is not possible to convert or “upgrade” your existing civil partnership into a legal marriage in Denmark. A civil status certificate / marriage certificate is valid for 4 months from the date of issue. If you live in another country but want to get married in Denmark, you must meet the Danish requirements for marriage.
This applies even if there are different marriage conditions in the country where you live.