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Marriage: Marriage in Slovenia

Marriage is a community of a husband and wife governed by the law, where both spouses are equal.

Marriage is based on free decision to marry, on mutual emotional attachment, mutual respect, understanding, trust and mutual assistance.

Persons, who intend to marry, must report to the registrar who conducts the wedding register of the settlement where they want to marry. In the application, they declare that they marry of their free will and that all the conditions for its validity are fulfilled.

For marriage, the presence of the following persons is required:

  • both future spouses;
  • the principal of administrative unit or a person authorised by him and
  • a registrar.

A witness at marriage can be any person who has functional capacity.

Marriages are public and conducted in a solemn manner in official premises laid down by administrative units. At least one day a week during official hours, administrative units provide an opportunity to marry at its head office, as well as determine the official time for marriages on Saturdays. A marriage may take place outside the official premises if future spouses indicate justifiable reasons, such as serious illness etc.

Individual administrative units may also allow a marriage outside the official premises or official time for other reasons upon the decision by which they charge the costs to the future spouses.

In Slovenia, you also may marry to a foreigner who must submit the following documents:

  • extract from the register of births;
  • confirmation that he/she is unmarried;
  • confirmation of the state of his/her nationality that there are no impediments to marry abroad (the latter two certificates may be combined into one);
  • proof of citizenship (travel document).

Foreign public documents can be used in Slovenia, if they are first certified in the country of origin and then in the Republic of Slovenia at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or at diplomatic or consular representation. The certification of these documents is not needed under the following conditions:

  • among the signatory states of the Hague Convention on the abolition of the need for legalisation of foreign public documents, the certification with the "APOSTILLE" seal is sufficient;
  • among the states that have concluded bilateral agreements on mutual recognition of documents without certification, for the extracts from the registers, which were issued on the basis of the Vienna and Paris Convention.