Marriage and Civil Unions

newly married couple with a child in register office

Can I get married or enter into a civil partnership in Germany?

If you want to get married in Germany, then please contact a register office. The address of register offices in Berlin are listed on berlin.de.

The registrars will check the so-called ‘marriage prerequisites’, particularly the person’s identity and whether someone is already married or not. In addition, certain documents are required for the spouses – usually a valid passport or personal identity card, a birth certificate, a registration card and a certificate stating the person is single. The documents required may differ depending on the country of origin. You will find out more about which documents you need at the register office. Please bear in mind that the registrars are very thorough when collecting and examining documents – sometimes a marriage ceremony cannot take place because the necessary papers are not available.

If you are not German or a citizen of an EU state or if you are also not equal to these, you normally require a residence permit ,i.e. a visa, an Aufenthaltserlaubnis (residence permit) or a Niederlassungserlaubnis (settlement permit), a temporary residence permit or a suspension of deportation.

In addition, the registrars shall also check whether you and your partner genuinely live together and want to take responsibility for one another. A so-called ‘sham marriage’ that neither partner wants should not take place.

Once the register office has checked all the documents it will send them to the Berlin Supreme Court, where the papers will be checked once again and a so-called ‘certificate of no impediment’ shall be released. This may take a few weeks. Your register office will tell you when this step has been completed. Only then can you can get married.

Under similar terms, same-sex couples, i.e. woman and woman or man and man, could also enter into a so-called “registered civil partnership” in Germany until 30th September 2017. With the law on same-sex marriage coming into effect for all on 1st October 2017, same-sex partnerships can no longer be entered into. Instead, as of the 1st October 2017 ruling, same-sex partners can also enter into marriage with one another in Germany regardless of their nationality from 1st October 2017.

All relevant information regarding divorce can be found on the webpage of the Berlin Service Portal.