Registration of marriage in the Republic of Lithuania

  • 2011-01-20
  • By Marius Matiukas, Associate lawyer

ECOVIS Miškinis, Kvainauskas ir partneriai advokat┼│ kontora

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The filing of an application for the registration of marriage is publicly announced in the register office no later than two weeks before the registration day. The announcement indicates the names, surnames and birth dates of the future spouses and the date of the registration of the marriage. Any interested person has a right to make a written declaration to the Register Office to the effect that, subject to Civil Code, there are impediments to the marriage.

Marriage is registered in the presence of both the future spouses and two witnesses. The making of the marriage record is followed by the issuance of a marriage certificate. The fact of the registration of marriage is entered in the passports or any other identity documents of the spouses by indicating the name, surname and birth date of the other spouse, the place and date of the registration of the marriage.

A religious marriage is formed in accordance with the procedures established by the internal law (canons) of the respective religion. The formation of a marriage in accordance with the procedures established by the Church (confessions) shall entail the same legal consequences as those entailed by the formation of a marriage in the Register Office. Within ten days of the religious marriage a person authorized by the respective religious organization is obliged to present to the local register office a notification of the religious marriage solemnised in the procedure set by the Church (confession).