MGL c.207 : Marriage. Particular sections of interest:
: Marriage of Man to Certain Relatives
Section 2 : Marriage of Woman to Certain Relatives
Section 4 : Polygamy
Section 7 : Minors; Solemnization of Marriage (Prohibits marrying individuals under 18). See also, Parton v. Hervey , 67 Mass. 119 (1854) for more discussion of the marriage of minors.
Section 14 : Determination of Validity (Annulment)
Section 24 : Nonage minors; receiving of notice; prohibition (Age requirement is 18)
Section 25 : Nonage minors; authorization of marriage (Parental consent required under 18)
Section 30 : Dispensing with Three Days' Notice
Section 36 : Registering marriages that took place outside of Massachusetts
Procedure to Perform (Solemnize) Marriages for Non-Resident Clergymen , Secretary of the Commonwealth.
One Day Marriage Designation , Secretary of the Commonwealth. Use to have a friend or family member perform the ceremony.
- Fiance & Marriage Visas: A Couple's Guide to U.S. Immigration
, Nolo, 2014
Includes information on visas, green cards, income requirements, preparing the paperwork and more. Requires Library Card for access.
- Getting Married in Massachusetts: Before the Wedding
, Mass.gov, 2016.
Covers the basics of everything you need to know, including who can marry, who can conduct the wedding, and needed paperwork.
- How to Get Married in Massachusetts
, Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), July 2015
"Sets forth the details for the process for marrying in Massachusetts – who can marry, how you get a license, what you need to bring with you, the waiting period, and who can perform the ceremony." Written for same-sex couples, but the procedures are identical for all couples. Clear detailed information.
- If I want to use a new surname after my marriage, how should I change my name?
Describes the process and benefits of changing your name when applying for a marriage license.
- Justices of the Peace: Summary of Duties , Archived from previous governor.
This archived list, compiled by the office of the Massachusetts governor, explains the duties of a justice of the peace in performing a marriage, including the form of the ceremony, permitted fees and more.
- Legal Impediments to Marriage , Mass. Registry of Vital Records
Provides a list of who may not marry whom in Massachusetts.
- Massachusetts Marriage License Laws , About.com
- Obtaining Copies of Vital Records, Mass. Registry of Vital Records
Information on getting copies of marriage records
- Premarital Agreement Law in Massachusetts
, Charles P. Kindregan, December 3, 2012
"traces the various court interpretations up to the present, which in a series of decisions have made enforcement easier when the waiver is express, the agreement is fair and reasonable when made, and not unconscionable when enforcement of an agreement is sought."
- Prenuptial Agreements
, Nolo, 2012
How to write a prenup. Requires Library Card for access.
- State Laws Regarding Marriages Between First Cousins
, National Conference of State Legislatures
Chart of state laws regarding cousin marriage. Massachusetts is one of nineteen states allowing first cousins to marry
Lindy and Parley on Separation Agreements and Antenuptial Contracts
, Matthew Bender, loose-leaf.
Includes prenuptial contracts
Last update: August 31, 2016