You can apply to court to reduce the notice period required in respect of a marriage.

Marriage Exemption

Marriage Exemption

Marriages between persons under the age of eighteen

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.

For further information on marriage exemption please visit the relevant page on the Citizens Information website.

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.