Legal requirements for getting married

 

logo Your EuropeBelgian law lays down several requirements for getting married:

  • a minimum age of 18
  • mutual consent (not being forced to marry)
  • not being related by family
  • not married already (polygamy)

For more information, please consult:

  • the Civil Registry in the municipality where you wish to get married
  • notaires.be

Non-nationals

In Belgium, a marriage can take place if one of the future spouses:

  • is Belgian at the time of the marriage
  • has been living in Belgium for more than three months (with proof)

For more information, please consult:

  • diplomatie.belgium.be, the website of the Federal Public Service (FPS) for Foreign Affairs
  • vivreenbelgique.be, the website of Ciré (Coordination and Initiatives for Refugees and Non-nationals)
  • the Civil Registry in the municipality where you wish to get married

Sex of the spouses

Same-sex couples have been allowed to marry in Belgium since June 2003.

Forced marriages and marriages of convenience

A forced marriage is a marriage which is carried out without the free consent of both spouses, or when the consent of at least one of the spouses has been given as a result of violence or threat.

A marriage of convenience is a marriage where at least one of the spouses intends to obtain a residence permit in Belgium.

Forced marriages and marriages of convenience are punishable offences.

For more information, please consult:

Support service
FPS for Justice – Information Unit
115 boulevard de Waterloo
1000 Brussels
02 542 65 11
info@just.fgov.be

Responsible authority
FPS for Justice
Updated on 9 November 2020

 

Help us improve