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Getting married in Alabama changing Aug. 29 - But One Thing Will Remain The Same

Rickey Stokes

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Date: Aug 16 2019 10:02 PM


Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.

Oh, and something notarized.

Alabama’s new marriage law goes into effect Thursday, Aug. 29. The change, approved by the State Legislature in its most recent session,eliminates the existing process of obtaining a marriage license and replaces it with requirements for a state-provided form that must be completed and notarized before being delivered back to a Probate Judge’s office. The Probate Judge would then record – but not issue – the license.

No wedding ceremony will be required, though the notarized form attesting applicants meet the legal requirements of marriage must be submitted to a Probate Judge’s office within 30 days of being signed. Fees will vary by county.



While you will not have a marriage license signed by the Probate Judge one thing is for sure, you will require a divorce in a court of law following the filing of a marriage license with the Probate Judge's office.

Divorce's bring in to much revenue to the court system and legal community. Marriage License fees did not.

The Alabama Legislature would not change that requirement. Hire a lawyer, pay the court filing fee, litigate it, appeal it, fight it out. So that ingredient will remain the same.

The "I do" is cheap the "let me out" is expensive!

First Funeral

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