Ohio Marriage Laws
You've just announced your engagement and are excited to start your lives together as a married couple. But before that happens, there are certain practical matters to consider and certain basic requirements that must be met. Although all states share similar marriage procedures, you must comply with specific Ohio marriage laws if you want to get married in the state.
Ohio Marriage Laws at a Glance
Nothing can replace the expertise of an attorney when it comes to statutory interpretation, but it helps to have a plain language explanation of the statute as well. See the chart below for a description of Ohio's marriage laws including links to the relevant statutes.
Validity of Marriage
For a valid marriage in Ohio, the parties must fulfill certain qualifications.
Types of Marriage
When a minor wants to get married in Ohio, they must get consent from their parents, a surviving parent, a parent who represents a residential parent or legal custodian, a guardian, or any of the following:
Same Sex Marriage
The Supreme Court legalized same sex marriage across all 50 states. Thus, any same sex marriage in Ohio is valid.
Common Law Marriage
Ohio recognizes common law marriage, but only if the marriage occurred in the state prior to October 10, 1991. It was prohibited from that date on.
However, if a common law marriage meets all of the following requirements, it remains valid.
Note: State laws are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
Ohio Marriage Laws: Related Resources
- Ohio Family Laws
- Ohio Marriage Age Requirements Laws
- Ohio Marriage Licenses and Blood Tests
- Ohio Annulment and Prohibited Marriage Laws
Find an Ohio Attorney for Help with Marriage Laws
Getting married in Ohio usually goes off without a hitch. However, if you're a minor or have other concerns, then you might want to get help with making sure you're in line with Ohio's marriage laws. You can use FindLaw's attorney directory to find a family law attorney near you.
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