Wedding planners adapt to COVID-19 era with elopements, smaller ceremonies

COVID-19 has changed everything about getting married but don’t be alarmed, lots of couples are still getting married in Florida. Before you get married in Florida make sure you take our Florida Premarital Preparation Course for $19.99 per couple. You will avoid the three day wait and save lots of money on your marriage license. There is no greater time to take our premarital course!

Officiants and event coordinators across Tampa Bay are seeing couples tie the knot in small gatherings now, with plans to delay bigger celebrations.
— Read on www.tampabay.com/news/business/2020/11/27/wedding-planners-adapt-to-covid-19-era-with-elopements-smaller-ceremonies/

Premarital Course and COVID

Don’t forget to take our Florida Premarital preparation course if you’re getting married in Florida and you want to save $32.50 off your marriage license and avoid the three day wait. Our course is $19.99 per couple. Take our Florida Premarital Course today we know that you will love it!

www.floridatoday.com/story/news/2020/11/10/covid-19-may-mute-celebrations-but-toasting-who-and-what-matters-still-important/6043090002/

Florida Premarital online course

This is a great article about preparing for a wedding during these difficult times. Another great way to prepare for your wedding and your future marriage is to take our Florida online premarital preparation course. The cost is $19.99 per couple and you will save a lot of money on your Florida marriage license and you will avoid the three day wait. The best part of the course in addition to saving money is that you will learn so much more about each other and so much more about yourself and learn how to communicate better and be more more more in love. Certainly you want to be extremely in love for your marriage and especially your wedding night!

www.nytimes.com/2020/11/03/fashion/weddings/how-to-serve-your-guests-safely-at-your-reception.html

Say ‘I do’ during group Biker Wedding in Daytona Beach – News – Daytona Beach News-Journal Online – Daytona Beach, FL

Say ‘I do’ during group Biker Wedding in Daytona Beach – News – Daytona Beach News-Journal Online – Daytona Beach, FL
— Read on www.news-journalonline.com/news/20200309/say-lsquoi-dorsquo-during-group-biker-wedding-in-daytona-beach

Mother Gifts Late Daughter’s Wedding Dress to Another Bride-To-Be

Finding that perfect wedding dress is a journey.
— Read on www.kjrh.com/news/local-news/designer-wedding-gown-gift

Do not forget to take our Florida premarital preparation course and save big dollars on your Florida marriage license.

Online Premarital Preparation Course in Duval County

Online Premarital Preparation Course in Duval County

Avoid the three day wait and save $32.50 on your marriage license in Duval County.

Here’s how it works:

The courthouse will discount your marriage license $32.50 upon completing our online premarital preparation course. 

The cost of our the course is $19.99, so you will actually SAVE $12.51 on your marriage license and there will be no out of pocket cost.

Our Online Premarital Preparation Couse for Duval County Covers the Following Cities:

  • Jacksonville
  • Jacksonville Beach
  • Atlantic Beach
  • Neptune Beach
  • Baldwin
  • Orange Park

To purchase your online marital course, click here.

For your convenience, D’Arienzo Psychological Group has supplied information here from the Duval County Marriage License website:

Marriage Licenses – General Information

In order to obtain a marriage license in Duval County, a couple must apply together, in person, at the Duval County Clerk of Courts office. The marriage license is only good within the State of Florida. Both parties must be present with their State issued ID, military ID, or passport, as well as their Social Security cards.

If either applicant has been married previously, you will need to know the exact date of divorce, death, or annulment. If the marriage ended within the last sixty (60) days, you must bring proof showing how the marriage ended.

Applicants under eighteen (18) years of age must have consent from both parents, unless a Court order has given one parent sole custody, in which case they must have consent from the parent having sole custody. The consent must be provided at the time the application for a marriage license is made. Applicants under sixteen (16) years of age must have court approval, and should contact the Clerk of Court’s office for more information.

The fee for a marriage license is $93.50, and must be paid in cash only. Other forms of payment are not accepted. If both parties have taken a premarital class with a registered premarital course provider, the fee is reduced to $61.00.

Effective January 1st, 1999, there is a three (3) day waiting period for marriage licenses unless a premarital class has been taken from a registered premarital course provider. If both applicants are Non-Florida residents, then this waiting period shall be waived.

Office information

We are open Monday thru Friday, excluding Holidays. Hours for each office are listed below. If you have a question or would like more information, please contact either of our offices at:

Duval County Courthouse – Downtown
501 West Adams Street, Room 2396
Jacksonville, FL 32202
(904) 255-2000
Hours: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Duval County Courthouse – Beaches Branch
1543 Atlantic Blvd
Neptune Beach, FL 32266
(904) 255-2000
Hours: 8:00am – 4:30pm

Issuance of marriage license

A County Judge or Clerk of the Circuit Court shall issue every marriage license. The County Judge or Clerk of the Circuit Court shall issue license, upon application of the license, if there appears to be no impediments to the marriage. (F.S. 741.01).

Written application required

No County Judge or Clerk of the Circuit Court in this state shall issue a license for the marriage of any person present unless shall be first presented and filed with him an affidavit in writing, signed by both parties to the marriage, made and subscribed before some person authorized by law to administer an oath, reciting the true and correct ages of such parties; unless both such parties shall be over the age of 18, except as provided in F.S. 741.0405 (F.S. 741.04)

Issuance in blank prohibited

It is unlawful for any County Court Judge or Clerk of the Circuit Court in the State to send out of his office any marriage license signed in blank to be issued upon application to persons not in the office of the County Judge or Clerk of the Circuit Court (F.S. 741.03)

Persons authorized to solemnize matrimony

  1. All regularly ordained ministers of the gospel or elders in communion with some church or other ordained clergy, all judicial officers, Clerk of the Circuit Court, and notaries public of this state may solemnize the rights of matrimonial contract, under the regulations prescribed by law.
  2. Any marriage which may be had and solemnized among the people called “Quakers or Friends”, in the manner and form used or practiced in their societies, according to their rites and ceremonies, shall be good and valid in law; and wherever the words “minister” and “elder” are used in this chapter, they shall be held to include all of the persons connected with the Society of Friends, or Quaker, who perform or have charge of the marriage ceremony according to their rites and ceremonies.

Marriage not to be solemnized without a License

Before any of the persons named in s. 741.07 shall solemnize any marriage, he or she shall require of the parties a marriage license issued according to the requirements of s. 741.01. Making sure the ceremony is performed between the “effective” and “expiration” date.

License must be certified and filed within ten (10) days

Within ten (10) days after solemnizing the marriage he shall make a certificate thereof on the license, and shall transmit the same to the office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court from which it was issued.

Time limit

The license must be used within sixty (60) days from the “effective date”.

Pre-marital Course Provider List

The course provider list is sorted by last name. You may sort the list by clicking on a column header such as last name, city, Zip code, etc. If you wish to be added to or removed from this list as a course provider, please contact the Marriage License department directly for more information. If you are planning to attend a pre-marital class, please contact a course provider for more information. The fee for a pre-marital class is determined by the course provider, and is in addition to the fees relating to the marriage license itself.

Please click here to access the Pre-marital Course Provider List.

Online Premarital Preparation Course in Dixie County

Online Premarital Preparation Course in Dixie County

Avoid the three day wait requirement and save $32.50 on your marriage license in Dixie County. We do provide the approved premarital course in an online format so you can save money on your marriage license and avoid waiting three days to have your marriage license issued to you. Contact our office today to get started.

Here’s how it works:

The Dixie County Clerk of Court will discount your marriage license application fee $32.50 upon completing our online premarital preparation course. 

The cost of our the course is $19.99, so you will actually SAVE $12.51 on your marriage license and there will be no out of pocket cost.

Our Online Premarital Preparation Course for Dixie County Covers the Following Cities:

  • Cross City
  • Horseshoe Beach
  • Old Town

To purchase your online marital course, click here.

 

For your convenience, D’Arienzo Psychological Group has supplied information here from the Dixie County Marriage License website. Please refer to the Dixie County Clerk of Court website for additional information. http://www.dixieclerk.com/marriage.html

Marriage Information

Contacting the Dixie County Clerk of Court regarding Marriage is easy using one of the following options.

By Phone:      352.498.1200

By Fax:           352.498.1201

By Mail:         P.O. Box 1206, Cross City, FL 32628

By E-Mail:  djohnson@dixieclerk.com

The Clerk of the Circuit Court is the marriage License issuing agent for the state. The Marriage License Department is here to answer your questions concerning Marriage License in Dixie County.

 

Frequently Asked Questions – Marriage

What is required when applying for a marriage license and how much does it cost?

The fee is $93.50 if you do not take the premarital preparation course and you will have a three day waiting period before you can pick up your license. If you do take the premarital preparation course the fee $61.00 and the three day waiting period is waived. You will need to bring your certificate when you come in to apply. Both parties must be present and will need to provide your driver license and social security number. Non citizens may provide a Social Security Number, or an Alien Registration Number issued by the Immigration and   Naturalization Service.  If either party has been married before you will need to know the date the last marriage ended and by divorce or death. Both parties are required to read the below attached Family Law Handbook before the marriage license may be issued.

How long is the license good for?

The marriage license is only good for 60 days after applying, if not used within   that time they will expire.

What to do with the marriage license after the ceremony?

The license should be returned to our office within 10 days after the ceremony. There is no charge for the recording fee and there is no charge for the first certified copy. Additional certified copies cost $2.00.

Must I apply for a marriage license in the county I live in?

No. A Marriage License can be applied for and solemnized in any Florida County.

Who may perform Marriage Ceremonies?

All regularly ordained ministers of the gospel, elders in communion with a church, or other ordained clergy.

All Judicial Officers, including retired Judicial Officers, Clerks of the Circuit Court, and Notary Publics of this State.

Who is a regularly ordained minister?

A minister who has been recognized in the manner required by the regulations of the respective denomination to perform marriage ceremonies.

May a license be issued to a person 16 or 17 years of age?

A license may be issued to a person 16 or 17 years of age if both parents sign a written consent, if the minor has been married before or if both parents are deceased and there is no legal guardian. The age requirement can be waived by a County Judge for applicants that prove they are parents or expectant parents.

Can a minor, younger than 16 get a marriage license?

Florida Statute 741.0405(4) states that no license to marry shall be granted to any person under the age of 16 years, with or without the consent of the parents, except as provided in Florida Statute 741.0405(2) and (3).

Family Law Handbook

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Family Law Handbook

Family Law Handbook – Spanish version

As of January 1, 1999, every person is required to read the following information prior to obtaining a Marriage License in Florida.

Online Premarital Preparation Course in Desoto County

Online Premarital Preparation Course in Desoto County

Avoid the three day wait requirement and save $32.50 on your marriage license in Desoto County. We do provide the approved premarital course in an online format so you can save money on your marriage license and avoid waiting three days to have your marriage license issued to you. Contact our office today to get started.

Here’s how it works:

The Desoto County Courthouse will discount your marriage license application fee from $93.50 to $61.00 upon completing our online premarital preparation course. 

The cost of our the course is $19.99, so you will actually SAVE $12.51 on your marriage license and there will be no out of pocket cost.

Our Online Premarital Preparation Course for Desoto County Covers the Following Cities:

  • Arcadia
  • Brownville
  • Cubitis
  • Fort Ogden
  • Hull
  • Lake Suzy
  • Lansing
  • Nocatee,
  • Southfort
  • Pine Level
  • Platt

To purchase your online marital course, click here.

 

 

For your convenience, D’Arienzo Psychological Group has supplied information here from the Desoto County Marriage License website. Please refer to the Desoto County Clerk of Court website for additional information. http://www.desotoclerk.com/MarriageLic.htm

Marriage  License Information

Requirements:

  • Both applicants must apply in person and bring a drivers license, passport or state issued identification card. If either applicant was previously married, the date the marriage ended by divorce or death is required.
  • The effective date of the license will not be valid until three (3) days after issuance if both partners do not attend the pre-marital course. Exceptions to the waiting period are non-Florida residents and persons asserting hardships.
  • Both applicants must be at least 18 years of age to apply without parental consent.
  • If either applicant is under the age of 18 years of age but at least 16 years of age, a birth certificate and proof of identification is required along with a notarized written consent of the parents or guardian. Consent forms are available at our office.
  • Applicants under 16 years of age must obtain a determination from a county judge.
  • No blood test is required.
  • The cost is $93.50 payable by cash, check or money order payable to the Clerk of Court. A reduction in the fee ($32.50) will be assessed for any couple that provides a valid certificate of completion of a pre-marital course (making the license $61.00).
  • The license must be used within sixty (60) days of issuance.
  • The license may be used in any county in the State of Florida.
  • The executed license must be returned within ten (10) days to our office.

Our office can also  perform the marriage ceremony for an additional fee of $30.00. Office hours  are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Click here to see our Fees Page.

Columbia County Online Premarital Preparation Course

Columbia County Online Premarital Preparation Course

Avoid the 3-day wait requirement and save $32.50 on your marriage license in Columbia County. We do provide the approved premarital course in an online format so you can save money on your marriage license and avoid waiting three days to have your marriage license issued to you.

Here’s how it works:

The Columbia County Courthouse will discount your marriage license application fee $32.50 upon completing our online premarital preparation course. 

The cost of our the course is $19.99, so you will actually SAVE $12.51 on your marriage license and there will be no out of pocket cost.

Our Online Premarital Preparation Course for Columbia County Covers the Following Cities:

  • Fort White
  • Lake City
  • Lulu
  • Watertown

To purchase your online marital course, click here.

 

 

Please refer to the Columbia County Clerk of Court website for additional information. http://www.columbiaclerk.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=18&Itemid=9

Marriage Licenses

Florida Statute 741.01 in part, states that the Clerk of Circuit Court acts as an agent for the State of Florida for issuing Marriage Licenses. The Marriage License Department  is here to answer your questions concerning Marriage License in Columbia County. As a public service, a Deputy Clerk may also perform wedding ceremonies.

For advice to newly married, or those about to get married, we suggest you visit the Family Law section of the Florida Bar Web Site. This gives you some advice on the legal issues to be considered when getting married.

Helpful Links

Marriage License Fees. Family Law Handbook.

What is needed to get a Marriage License?

Both parties must provide proof of the following:

  • Identification in the form of a drivers license, state ID or passport.
  • U.S. Citizens must provide their Social Security Number. Non citizens may provide a Social Security Number, or an Alien Registration Number issued by the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
  • Proof of age. Both parties must be at least 18 years of age.
  • An application form must be completed. If either party has been previously married, you must note on the application how and when the marriage ended.
  • Pursuant to F.S. are required to read the Family Law Handbook before a license can be issued. Please click here to obtain Adobe Reader if you are unable to open the Handbook.
  • The fee for the Marriage License is $93.50. This fee is reduced to $61.00 for Florida Residents who have completed a premarital preparation course as provided in Florida Statute 741.0305(5).

Do both parties have to be present at the Clerks Office to apply for a license?

Yes. Both parties must sign the application form and take an oath to the truthfulness of the information provided.

Is a blood test required?

No. A blood test is no longer required in the State of Florida.

Is there a waiting period for the issuance of a Marriage License?

Yes, Florida Statute 741.04 (3) says the effective date shall be delayed 3 days from the date of application unless Florida Residents present the following:

  1. Certificate of completion of a premarital preparation course from a qualified course provider listed with our office.
  2. Completion of the Family Law Handbook.
  3. A statement attesting to completion of the premarital preparation course and have read the Family Law Handbook.

There is no waiting period for out of state residents.

How long is the Marriage License valid?

Florida Marriage Licenses are valid for 60 days from the date issued.

Must I apply for a Marriage License in the County where I live?

No. A Marriage License can be applied for and solemnized in any Florida County.

Who may perform Marriage Ceremonies?

  • All regularly ordained ministers of the gospel, elders in communion with a church, or other ordained clergy.
  • All Judicial Officers, including retired Judicial Officers, Clerks of the Circuit Court, and Notary Publics of this State.
  • “Quakers” and “Friends” may perform marriages in the manner and form used and practiced in their societies.

Who is a regularly ordained minister?

A minister who has been recognized in the manner required by the regulations of the respective denomination to perform marriage ceremonies.

May I get married by a captain aboard a ship?

Yes. If the Captain is a Notary and the ship is in Florida Waters (within 3 geographic miles of the coastline) at the time of the ceremony.

May a marriage be solemnized without a license?

No. Florida Statute 741.08 states in part that the party solemnizing the marriage shall require a properly issued license before performing the ceremony, and within 10 days after the ceremony, he shall make a certificate thereof the license and shall transmit the same to the Clerk of the Circuit Court from which it was issued.

Can I be married in the Clerks Office?

Yes. Deputy Clerks are authorized and available during normal working hours Monday through Friday, to perform ceremonies. No appointment is necessary. The fee for this service is $30.00.

How long does it take to get a copy of the marriage record, and the costs?

You will receive a certified copy of the Marriage Certificate within 7 days after the officiator returns it to the Clerks Office to be recorded. There is no charge for the first copy. Additional certified copies cost $3.00.

Can people get a license to marry partners of their own gender?

Florida Statute 741.04 states in part that one applicant must be male and the other female.

Can a person marry someone to whom they are related?

Florida law prohibits a person marrying anyone to whom they are related by lineal consanguinity. The nearest degree of relations who may legally marry in the State of Florida is first cousins.

Do one or both applicants have to be U.S. Citizens?

No. There is no citizenship or residency requirements.

May a license be issued to persons 16 or 17 years of age?

  • With written consent from both parents or guardian.
  • If a minor has been previously married.
  • The age requirement can be waived by a County Judge for applicants that prove they are parents or expectant parents.
  • If both parents are deceased and there is no legal guardian.

Can a minor, younger than 16 get a Marriage License?

Florida Statute 741.0405(4) states that no license to marry shall be granted to any person under the age of 16 years, with or without the consent of the parents, except as provided in Florida Statute 741.0405 (2) and (3).

Collier County Online Premarital Preparation Course

Collier County Online Premarital Preparation Course

Avoid the three day wait requirement and save $32.50 on your marriage license in Collier County.

Here’s how it works:

The Collier County Clerk of Court will discount your marriage license application fee $32.50 upon completing our online premarital preparation course. 

The cost of our the course is $19.99, so you will actually SAVE $12.51 on your marriage license and there will be no out of pocket cost.

Our Online Premarital Preparation Course for Collier County Covers the Following Cities:

  • Ave Maria
  • Carnestown
  • Chokoloskee
  • Dismal Key
  • East Naples
  • Everglades City
  • Golden Gate
  • Goodland
  • Harker
  • Immokalee
  • Lely Resort
  • Marco
  • Marco Island
  • Naples
  • Naples Manor
  • Naples Park
  • North Naples
  • Orangetree
  • Ochopee
  • Palm River Estates
  • Pelican Bay
  • Vineyards

To purchase your online marital course, click here.

 

 

For your convenience, D’Arienzo Psychological Group has supplied information here from the Collier County Marriage License website.

Please refer to the Collier County Clerk of Court website for additional or updated information. http://www.clerk.collier.fl.us/Recording/MarriageLicenses

Tel: (239) 252-7242
Fax. (239) 252-8003
E-Mail: MarriageHelp@collierclerk.com
Requirements:
Residency: You need not be a resident of Florida to apply for a marriage license in Collier County. Age: Applicants must be 18 years of age. Anyone 16 or 17 years of age must have their parents’ consent.  (Consent forms available in Clerk’s Office). If an applicant is younger than 16 years of age, parental and/or judicial consent may be required depending upon the age and situation. Both applicants must appear in person at the time of application. Prior Marriage: If either party was married previously, the applicant is required to provide the date the marriage ended.Common Child(ren): Applicants with common child(ren) born in Florida must complete an Affirmation of Common Children Born in Florida Form. The completed form will be signed by both the bride and groom and submitted by the Clerk to the Department of Health with the original marriage certificate as required in F.S. 741.01 .

Identification: A driver’s license, government issued identification card or passport may be presented at the time the application is made. The application form includes listing your Social Security number.

Application Fee: A fee payable in cash, check or money order is required at the time the application is made. Fee: Marriage license fees may be discounted by presenting a marriage preparation course Certificate of Completion for both applicants from a  registered course provider at the time of application, as outlined in F.S. 741.0305 (5).Note: Course providers shall register with the Clerk of the Circuit Court by filling out and submitting a Registration Affidavit for Premarital Preparation Course

View the list of course providers who have registered with the Clerk of the Circuit Court in Collier County, FL .

 

Waiting Period: The license must be used within 60 days from the “effective date” on the application. There is a 3-day waiting period for Florida residents ONLY**. This will be waived, when and if, both parties have completed a marriage preparation course and present the certificate of completion at the time of application. **There is no waiting period for out-of-state residents. Ceremony: The Marriage ceremony must take place within the state of Florida. A Florida notary public, an ordained clergy, the Clerk or Deputy Clerk of the Courts or judiciary, may perform a marriage ceremony. Recording of License: After the marriage, the person who performed the ceremony must return the license to the Recording Office, in person or by mail, within 10 days; at that time, it will be recorded in the Official Records. After being recorded, a certified copy will be returned to the newlyweds by mail, and the original license will be sent to the Office of Vital Statistics in Jacksonville, FL.