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.
- Blood Test Not Required after January 28, 2005
. Registry of Vital Records and Statistics
Memo outlines rule for marriage licenses. See also St.2004, c.388
- 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), June 2014
"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
Last update: June 6, 2016