Men have to be at least eighteen years of age and women must be at least sixteen years of age. Women under eighteen wishing to marry need to have permission from her parents. If parents will not give their consent, then the courts can be asked to give permission instead. The court will give consent to the couple but only after special circumstances.
As well as this, a person who has legal rights to do so must perform the wedding ceremony. Ministers of religion, people who work in the registry office and civil celebrants are all such people. In addition to this person, at least two witnesses must be present at the service to sign the marriage papers. These papers are very important and must be applied for, one month before the planned time of marriage. The law also states that people intending to get married must be single, divorced or widowed and cannot marry anyone in their immediate family.
Once you are willing and able to abide by the above laws, the courts will allow you to get married.
Even after all of these precautions have been taken and you feel that you have married the right woman or man, occasionally the marriage just doesn't work out an you and your partner are forced to separate. A marriage councillor may be able to help in this event and sort out all of the problems which caused...