Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Marriage In Nicaragua

If you are single, you will not have any problem meeting potential partners here. More so since there is very little age discrimination or any other type of discrimination. Also, the gay community is very much alive here as in many countries. Unfairly, the women of Central America are often portrayed as looking for sugar daddies but our experience has shown that marriages with Nicaraguan women are more likely to be successful than marriages in more developed countries. 

When there is a divorce it is usually the expatriate seeking it. If you are looking for love, you will find it here. In speaking with friends that have married here, the recurring trait they mentioned is the fierce loyalty of their spouses. Yes, a monthly social security check is a lot of money here but marriages are taken very seriously.

Who May Perform Marriages Abroad
In Nicaragua, legal marriages can be performed by either a Nicaraguan notary or judge. The US Embassy consular officer may authenticate foreign marriage documents but this is not required for the marriage to be considered valid outside of Nicaragua. 
The fee for the authentication of a document is $30.00. The civil marriage is considered the legal marriage though the family may also require the church wedding.

Documentation

To legally marry in Nicaragua, a foreigner must present a valid passport (or other acceptable identification document) and sometimes a birth certificate. In addition, persons previously married must present evidence of the dissolution of the previous marriage (e.g. a divorce decree or death certificate of the previous spouse) and/or proof that they are single. As the United States government does not produce "singleness" certificates, some U.S. citizens contract with Nicaraguan attorneys to draft a "singleness" document for their signature. With the documentation listed above and two witnesses with Nicaraguan cedulas, a Nicaraguan notary or judge can marry you.

Requirements

The groom has to be over the age of 21 or legally emancipated through court order. The bride must be over the age of 18 or legally emancipated through court order. If the bride and/or the groom are under the ages listed above and have not been emancipated, the parents and/or custodians of the underage partner must consent to the marriage.
Impediments to marriage are mental disability, pending dissolution of prior marriages, among others. It is illegal to marry your sibling in Nicaragua. For further information on marriage procedures and requirements, consult a Nicaraguan attorney or the Nicaraguan Civil Code.

Returning to Your Original Country
Just because you are now legally married does not mean the wife (or husband) or children are automatically citizens of your home country. Check with the laws of your country but for US citizens , marrying a Nicaraguan may not even guarantee a visa for your new spouse. Expect months of paperwork and background checks which may turn up interesting information.

Your New Family

Dating and courtship are much more formal here than in Europe or the states. If you get to the point of living together, you may not be married but the family of the woman will be watching and expect more of you. Marriage here almost always stipulates you will help support the spouse's immediate family and this may include uncles, aunts and cousins. It is not unusual for the Nicaraguan wife to want to remain close to her family and even if you are decades older than your new wife, she will probably want children.

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