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New! Puerto Rico Marriage Laws Available in Spanish & English

Published Wednesday, Mar. 2nd, 2022

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Updated Puerto Rico Marriage Laws are now available in AMM's Marriage Law Library



Great news:


American Marriage Ministries recently updated our Puerto Rico Marriage Laws page to include each relevant law in both Spanish and English, in order to make this information accessible to all wedding officiants performing marriage in the popular island destination. 


AMM works hard to keep our Marriage Laws library up to date, so that our ordained Ministers have reliable information when presiding over ceremonies, answering engaged couples' questions, and returning marriage licenses. 


If you’re officiating a wedding ceremony in Puerto Rico and want to know the latest details on minister registration, age of majority, requirements for remarriage, completing the affidavit and license, and more, visit: 



 ► Puerto Rico Marriage Laws 



This updated link will take you to relevant sections of the New Civil Code (Leyes de Puerto Rico, Código Civil - Matrimonio) – Puerto Rico’s most current set of laws – available in the original Spanish and translated English. 


Related: En Español: AMM’s Top Wedding Officiant Training and Ceremony Planning Articles are Now in Spanish



¿Qué dice el nuevo Código Civil sobre el matrimonio?



The New Civil Code became effective on Nov. 28, 2020, after more than 20 years of revisions and dozens of iterations. The previous code, called the 1930 Civil Code, was based on the Spanish Civil Code of 1889 and had become increasingly outdated over time. It has now been completely replaced by the New Civil Code. 


This new code helps answer common questions about how marriage agreements work in Puerto Rico, what the roles of a marriage officiant are there. 




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Officiating a wedding in another state? 

Visit our Marriage Law Library to access every state’s laws on who can perform marriage, officiant registration requirements, and more.
Then visit our Weddings by State pages for detailed information on performing marriage in each state, written for first-time and professional wedding officiants. 



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Jessica Levey
Jessica Levey

Lead Staff Writer & Illustrator

Jessica loves exploring the history and magic of ritual, the connections between people and places, and sharing true stories about love and commitment. She's an advocate for marriage equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and individuality, and is an ordained Minister with AMM. When she’s not writing or illustrating for AMM, she enjoys city hikes, fantasy novels, comics, and traveling.

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