Registering a marriage in Thailand should be a fairly simple process.
Foreigners who wish to marry in Thailand must first obtain clearance from their respective embassies (Different embassies have different procedures for providing this clearance).
The clearance will allow a foreigner to obtain an affidavit which states personal information of the foreigner such as name, citizenship and legal freedom to marry. This affidavit must be translated into Thai and legalized pursuant to Thai law. A Thailand law firm can assist with this. When all the documents are in place and all other requirements are met, the administrative marriage may then be performed at the Thai district offices known as 'amphur' or 'khet'.
Thailand marriage is legal pursuant to Thai law and is generally recognized throughout the world.
For individuals with transnational issues whereby one or both spouses are from different countries, Thailand offers a very convenient location to register a marriage.
Besides the convenience, many couples also choose to make the marriage more elaborate by holding their wedding reception at world-class resorts in Thailand following the legal administrative marriage.
What are the other advantages to marry in Thailand?
For persons interested in prenuptial agreements, Thailand's legal system is generally "friendlier" towards domestic and international prenuptial agreements than would other western countries. (see prenuptial agreement)
How long does it take to register a marriage in Thailand?
Including the time involved in procuring affidavits from an embassy, having those documents translated and legalized, and having the marriage performed at a local amphur, the process can be completed in as short as 3 - 4 days. The process may be prolonged if there are complications arising from embassies having different requirements or requesting back-up paperwork. An experienced Thailand attorney may help to expedite the process.