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Marriage exemptions

Marriages between persons under the age of eighteen

Any marriage solemnised between persons who are under the age of eighteen years is not valid. This applies to all marriages solemnised in the State and marriages solemnised outside the State between persons either or both of whom are resident in this State.

From 1 January 2019, the legal age requirement for marriage is 18 years.

It is no longer possible to get a Court Exemption Order allowing a marriage to proceed if one or both parties are under 18 years..

Notice of intention to marry

The persons involved in a marriage must give the Registrar of Marriages at least three months prior notice, in writing, of their intention to marry.

The Circuit Court can exempt persons wishing to marry from the requirement to give three months notice to the Registrar.

How to make an application for a marriage exemption

Couples can apply to the Circuit Court by attending before the court in person and explaining why they wish to be exempted from the three month notice and/or age requirement.

Contact the relevant Circuit Court office for further information.

Relevant legislation

  • Family Law Act, 1995
  • Civil Registration Act, 2004


Page updated: 15 July 2019