In this article we will explain step by step how to get married in Cuba: What documents should not be missing, how the process of contracting civil marriage occurs, the terms and costs of this procedure. Also, we will explain some particularities of Cuban legislation regarding marriage. Read carefully to discover every detail of the process of making your wedding in Cuba.
According to Cuban legislation, marriage is the voluntary union between a man and a woman, so same-sex marriage is not allowed. The act of marriage will only be valid for legal purposes when it is recognized or formalized.
The Family Code does not contemplate premarital agreements for the property regime during the formalized union. In this sense, the Law does not recognize any other economic regime for the constitution of the matrimonial union in Cuba that is not the marital property community.
Documents needed to get married in Cuba
Marriages in Cuba can be performed between: Cubans and foreigners residing in the country, Cubans residing abroad and Cubans residing in Cuba; foreigners and Cubans residing abroad who will travel to the country for the wedding, and, finally, foreigners who decide to marry in Cuba during tourism stays.
What documents to present to get married in Cuba?
In order to get married in Cuba, each person must provide documents such as: passport or identity card, birth certificate and single certificate if they are single.
In the event that one of the spouses is divorced, they must also file the divorce decree and if they are women who have been divorced for less than 300 days, they must provide a medical certificate that certifies whether or not they are in a state of gestation.
In the case of widowhood, you must present the marriage certificate and the death certificate of the former spouse.
Finally, if any member of the couple is under 18 years of age, then the consent of both parents or guardians must be presented.
It is also very important to note that documentation that is not issued in Spanish must be translated and legalized.
How is marriage formalized in Cuba?
The wedding date is established at the time the request is made, a term of up to 72 working hours is offered for the formalization of the marriage act. The couple must appear before the Notary along with the two witnesses, who must be over 18 years of age and have no blood ties to the bride and groom. Two marriage certificates will be delivered to prove the union before the Cuban and foreign authorities, one of them previously legalized by the Ministry of Foreign Relations.
What information should witnesses provide?
Witnesses must provide names and surnames, address and identity card in the case of Cubans and passport in the case of foreigners. Likewise, they must be over 18 years of age, understand the Spanish language and not be relatives of the spouses.
How much does it cost to get married in Cuba?
The notary fees for contracting marriage in Cuba are as follows: The Instruction of the marriage record, its formalization and delivery of two marriage certificates has a price of 525.00 cuc. The protocolization of the certificates provided for the formalization of the marriage act costs 100.00 cuc.
The immediacy service, which consists of formalizing the act of marriage in 24 hours, has a cost of 75 cuc to which stamps will be added for a value of 100.00 cup. This service must be requested and paid immediately.
The transfer of the notary and constitution out of headquarters, which is a service that couples who prefer to carry out their wedding outside the headquarters of Consultoría Jurídica Internacional S.A., costs 100.00 cuc during business hours and 150.00 cuc outside of it.
We understand that all this can seem overwhelming at first, but it is worth every second if you and your partner want to achieve the wedding of your dreams in Cuba. If you make sure you follow each of these steps, you won’t have to worry about anything other than enjoying that wonderful moment of your life.