In this season of weddings here is some information that you may or may not be aware of when it comes to getting married here in our great state of Illinois. You need to check out the marriage license laws and regulations so that your plans can go through without a “hitch”.
It costs very little to obtain a marriage license here and this will probably be one of the least expensive costs of your wedding. You must apply in person for your license at any county clerk’s office and there are no residency requirements for out-of-state applicants. However, the marriage license is only in effect in the county where it was issued. Your new license is valid for 60 days only, so it’s a good idea to get the paperwork out of the way at least a month in advance.
If you apply for your license on a Monday, the wedding can occur on a Tuesday. In extreme circumstances, you may petition the Court for a waiver of the one day waiting period, but the waiver would only be granted under highly unusual circumstances.
You no longer need a blood test to be married here. The State of Illinois only requires that the county clerk distribute a brochure about sexual health and other inherited diseases when you apply for your license.
If you have been married before and your spouse died, or you have been divorced, you must provide a certified copy of your divorce decree or a death certificate if either of those circumstances happened within the last 6 months.
You can marry your cousin if you are both over the age of 50!!! Common law marriages, however, have not been recognized in Illinois since 1905.
If you or a loved one feels that you need representation for any domestic issue regarding a marriage, civil union, or domestic partnership. Make sure you contact the Illinois Family Law Attorneys at VanDerGinst Law.
(Please note that state and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice. Please verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans).