Louisiana’s marriage license system has become a hot-button issue in the state, with lawmakers, pastors and civil rights groups calling for reform.
John Bel Edwards has already signed into law a bill to overhaul the state’s licensing system, but lawmakers and civil liberties groups are pushing for changes in the constitution and state code.
Below are some things to know about Louisiana’s marriage licenses, including when they are available, how they work, what they mean and what to expect in your county.
What is the Louisiana marriage license?
Louisiana’s laws are pretty straightforward, with only one exception.
Louisiana’s constitution does not provide for a specific definition of marriage, but does provide for some limited rights for same-sex couples, including the right to marry and the right of same-day registration.
Those rights are spelled out in the Louisiana Marriage License Act of 2017.
The law gives same-siding couples the same rights and protections as heterosexual couples in certain ways.
Louisiana marriage licenses are available in person at the Department of Revenue Office of Licensing and Regulations in Baton Rouge.
You can also request a marriage license online, by calling the Office of the Clerk of the Supreme Court in New Orleans, by writing to the Secretary of State, or by mailing the application to the office.
The first application for a marriage in Louisiana can be completed online.
Applicants must provide their name, address, date of birth, social security number, date and time of birth and the purpose of the marriage.
Applicators will need to submit an affidavit attesting to their identity and a statement that they are not a victim of domestic violence.
After a couple signs the application, they are required to pay a fee of $15 to complete the application.
Once a marriage has been completed, the couple can present the marriage license to the clerk of the supreme court for approval.
The license can be used to solemnize a marriage or dissolve one.
After the marriage, the license will remain valid for 30 days, which can be extended by the Supreme Judicial Court.
If a couple is separated, the Supreme Courts will consider the validity of the licenses of both partners in the dissolution proceeding, but the divorce statute doesn’t require that the license be presented.
A marriage license can also be obtained for couples to marry after a judge has declared a marriage void.
The process to obtain a marriage certificate in Louisiana is similar to that for issuing a divorce decree.
The application for marriage in this case is identical to that of a divorce.
A person may apply for a divorce in the same manner as for a dissolution.
The divorce decree, as amended by the Louisiana Supreme Court, states that the marriage was valid at the time of the dissolution, but only if the parties were separated.
For example, if a person is divorced and married for life, and is separated after a divorce, the marriage may be invalidated by the divorce decree if the marriage is no longer valid.
What happens if I want to marry in Louisiana?
If you’re married in another state, the Louisiana divorce laws do not apply to you.
However, you may wish to review the Louisiana laws regarding marriage before applying to marry your spouse.
If you do so, be aware that Louisiana is a state where civil unions can be dissolved in the courts of the state.
In order to file for a Louisiana divorce, you must provide certain documents in order to be eligible for the divorce.
The documents include:An affidavit from the spouse who married you;Proof of the same;Proof that the parties intended to marry; and Proof of the parties intent to divorce.
In addition, a copy of the Marriage License Application from the clerk’s office.
If you are married in the United States, you will need a certified copy of your marriage license.
The certified copy must be on file at the Louisiana Department of Justice.
The clerk’s offices are located at:The Supreme Court of Louisiana is located at 1st Floor of the Judicial Building at the New Orleans Municipal Building, Suite 202, New Orleans LA 70120The clerk is available by phone at 1-800-766-1222 or by email at [email protected]
The Secretary of state is available for interview at 1 (800) 636-6232.
For information about Louisiana civil unions, you can go to:A person can apply for civil union status in Louisiana by signing a petition in person or online.
The petition must be signed by both parties.
The petition must state:The parties intention to marry.
The names of the persons who signed the petition.
The purpose of their marriage.
The duration of the union.
The legal status of the person who signed and signed the affidavit.
The validity of their union.
The marriage must have taken place within one year of the filing of the petition, and the parties consent to a civil union.
In the absence of a valid civil union, the