In order to get married in Belgium
both locals and foreigners will have to respect several compulsory steps. Some of the most important criteria related to this matter refer to the age of the persons getting married
, which must be of at least 18 years old. At the same time, the parties will need to prove that they aren’t already married
in another country. It is important to know that, starting with 2003, the local legislation recognises the marriages between persons of same sex
. Our Belgian law firm
can provide legal assistance or representation to those interested in getting married in Belgium
How to get married in Belgium
The Belgian legislation
allows mixed marriages
, where a partner is a Belgian citizen
, and the other spouse, a foreign national. Another way to get married
here is if the person applying for a marriage certificate
is a foreign person, but has obtained the Belgian residency
for at least three months.
In particular situations, the Belgian authorities also allow the marriage of younger persons, with an age above 16 years old, but this can only take place if the parents have given their approval in this sense.
Regarding children, Belgium
provides specific rules of law. In the case of a heterosexual couple
, the father will automatically receive the parental rights
, but in the case of a same-sex marriage
, the partner of the woman who had a child has to adopt
the respective child in order to legally become a parent
. Our team of lawyers in Belgium
can offer more details on the legislation.
Rights and obligations in a Belgian marriage
When getting married in Belgium
, it is important to know that each party has the right to retain his or her family name
, as here it is not compulsory for a woman to take the husband’s family name
Children of a couple married in Belgium will receive the mother’s family name. The child can also receive the father’s name, if the father registered as the parent of the child at the moment of birth.