Back to top If either one of the partners is a foreigner documents may be sent to a higher regional court in order to verify the legal status of that person.Though it is no bar to a marriage, those planning to return to their homeland one day may wish to consider the legal status of their partner.
While the process was the same when getting married or entering into a civil partnership, there were some legal differences between the two unions.
Back to top Both partners will most likely need: Persons who were previously married must present either a death certificate for the former spouse or proof that the marriage was permanently dissolved by divorce.
The former is usually no problem; the latter a rock on which many marriage plans have been wrecked.
It is also a good idea to check if a marriage in Germany will be recognized in your home country.
Back to top They take great pains at the to avoid any trappings (organ music, for example, or stained-glass windows) that might rightly or wrongly be deemed "too Christian." Quite a few Muslims, Jews and atheists get married at the registrar's office, and they can be sensitive about such things.