Catholic Marriage in Mexico- Requirements
Posted 03 October 2007 - 09:45 PM
The marriage couple must complete the Pre-Cana classes, the required pre-marriage courses, and the Pre-Cana certificate is required prior to the wedding.All official documents required for a Catholic wedding must be received 30 days prior to your ceremony. Rarely are their exceptions to this 30 day rule.
Requirements for Couples from Outside the Diocese
If you have not already done so, please contact your parish priest/deacon regarding marriage preparation. He is responsible for your marriage preparation and instruction.
Your parish priest will assist you with obtaining the necessary documents, permissions and dispensations (if needed).
He is responsible for forwarding the following information and documents to the chancellor of your diocese for review:
a letter of recommendation stating that:
â€¢you have been prepared according to the marriage preparation guidelines of your diocese;
â€¢permission has been granted for the marriage to be celebrated in Mexico (Canon 1115);
â€¢a current original copy of the Baptismal certificate of the Catholic party.
â€¢a current original copy of the Confirmation certificate of the Catholic party.
â€¢an Affidavit of Freedom to Marry for each party signed by a competent person (e.g. parent, relative or close friend) and the signature witnessed by a pastor/priest/cleric of the person vouching for your freedom to marry.
â€¢the completed Pre-nuptial Investigation form used in your diocese.
â€¢Color photos of the Bride and Groom
â€¢copy of the Birth certificate of each
â€¢a dispensation for disparity of worship
â€¢a dispensation from canonical form
â€¢permission for Mixed Religion
â€¢decree of nullity of a former marriage(If either party was previously married, a declaration of nullity for a lack of form or formal annulment must be obtained.)
When all the required information is received by the Diocese a Nihil Obstat will be granted and sent to the priest/deacon officiating at your wedding in Mexico along with all pertinent documentation.
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Posted 11 July 2008 - 01:41 PM
For destination weddings, some people do both the religious and legal ceremonies in Mexico, or some (including myself) just have a civil/legal wedding in the U.S. before or after. I went to city hall in New York and then did the Catholic ceremony in Mexico. The Catholic Church in the U.S. will recognize the wedding certificate you got from your Catholic ceremony, but I don't believe your state will. So you probably need to apply for a marriage license and have a civil wedding in the U.S. if you don't have a legal marriage certificate from Mexico.
There's also a lot of stuff written about this online if you want more info, we did a lot of research leading up to the wedding. At the end of the day, I think you are better off and life is easier with a U.S. marriage certificate anyway...if you have a Mexican certificate I think you have to pay translator fees, etc.
Posted 12 July 2008 - 09:03 AM
thank you so much for the clarification! We thought that was the case, but I wanted to hear from someone else who actually lived through it. We are going to apply for a PA marriage license. Our WC wasn't very helpful in explaning the logistics to us. We should've researched it more before we got married!
Posted 25 July 2008 - 12:29 PM
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