Marriage Act


Published: 1925

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Marriage (CAP. 261 1

CHAPTER 261

THE MARRIAGE ACT

Arrangement of Sections
Section

PART I

PRELIMINARY

1. Short title.
2. Interpretation.
3. Appointment of Ministers of Religion as Marriage

Officers.
4. Power to refuse to act.
5. Applications for appointment as a Marriage Officer.
6. Ministers of religion ceasing to act to notify

Registrar-General.
7. Marriage Officer may resign.
8. Notification in Gazette necessary for vacation of office

of Marriage Officer.
9. Temporary absence of Marriage Officer.

10. Power to cancel appointment.
11. Register of Marriage Officers.
12. Sending in of applications, notices, etc.
13. Publication of appointments.
14. Registrar-General's Office.
15. Limitation of powers and place for celebration of

marriage.

PART I1

REGISTERED BUILDINGS

16. Registration of buildings in use at the commencement
of this Act.

17. Registration of buildings at any time set apart for
religious worship.

18. What to be deemed a separate building.
19. Use of building as school, &c.
20. Cancellation of registry if building disused.

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21. Rebuilding or repair of registered buildings.
22. Notice at entrance of registered building.
23. Consent required for use of registered building.

PART 111

RESTRICTIONS O N MARRIAGE

24. Prohibited degrees.
25. Marriages of persons under fifteen.
26. Restrictions in cases of minority of parties.

PART IV

PRELIMINARIES T O MARRIAGE

27. Authority for solemnization.

BANNS O F MARRIAGE

28. Publication of banns.
29. Publication of banns in certain cases.
30. Notification to be made to minister before publication

of banns.
31. Publication when void.
32. Certificate of publication of banns.
33. Supply of books for the registration of banns.

MARRIAGE LICENCES

34. Power of the Minister responsible for Legal Affairs to
grant marriage licences.

35. Restriction in cases of minority of parties.
36. Rights of parties applying for licence or special licence.
3 7. Application for licences.
38. Form of licence.
39. Objections against issue of a licence.
40. Licence when void.

REGISTRAR-GENERAL'S CERTIFICATE

41. Notice of marriage.
42. Filing and entry of notice

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43. Publication of notice.
44. Certificate of notice.
45, Objections to issue of notice.
46. Certificate when void.

PART V

SOLEMNIZATION O R CELEBRATION O F
MARRIAGE

47. Provisions as to solemnization and celebration. By whom
and hours.

48. Addition of religious ceremony to civil marriage.
49. Case of marriage between minors after publication of

banns.
50. Fee payable.

PART VI

REGISTRATION OF MARRIAGE

5 1. Supply of register book.
52. Keeping of register of marriages.
53. Duplicate register.
54. Right to search register books and to have certified copies

of entries therein.
55. Fees payable for search and certified copies of entries,

etc.

PART VII

CLINICAL MARRIAGES

56. As to marriage in articulo mortis.

PART VIII

OFFENCES, &c

57. Unduly solemnizing marriage.
58. Making false declaration.
59. Liability of persons lodging an objection on frivolous

grounds.

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PART I X

MISCELLANEOUS

60. Dispensation with proof of certain preliminary matters,
after solemnization of marriage.

61. Prohibiting of proceedings to compel marriage.
62. Invalidation of certain marriages.
63. Securing of property when necessary consent to marriage

not obtained.
64. Saving clause as to fees.
65. Disposal of fees received by Registrar-General and

District Registrars.
66. Validation.

FIRST SCHEDULE.
FORM A
FORM B
FORM C
FORM D
FORM E
FORM F
FORM G
FORM H

SECOND SCHEDULE

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MARRIAGE

( 1s t April, 1925.)

PART I

PRELIMINARY

1911929.
L.I. Act 911949.

611967.

1. This Act may be cited as the Marriage Act. Short title.

2. In this Act- Interpretation.

"District Registrar" means an Assistant Registrar
appointed for a parish by the Public Service Com-
mission under section 6 of the Births and Deaths
(Registration) Act; Cap. 53.

"Marriage Officer" means a Marriage Officer appointed
under this Act.

"registered building" means a building registered under
this Act as one wherein banns of marriage may be
published;

"Registrar-General" means the Registrar-General of
Births, Deaths and Marriages.

3. (1) (a ) Every Minister of the Christian Religion $s:;:yo;t of
ordained or otherwise set apart to the Ministry of the Religion as
Christian Religion, according to the usage of the denomina- Egf?;:
tion to which he belongs; and

( 6 ) every such Minister who, although not
ordinarily resident in Antigua and Barbuda, is the
recognized head within Antigua and Barbuda of the
denomination to which he belongs,

shall be entitled to be appointed by the Minister responsible
for Legal Affairs a Marriage Officer for Antigua and Barbuda
unless the Minister responsible for Legal Affairs is satisfied
that he is unfit to be so appointed.

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(2) The Minister responsible for Legal Affairs may in
any case require any applicant for appointment to prove that
he is a Minister of the Christian Religion so ordained or
set apart as aforesaid.

(3) Any Marriage Officer may act as such throughout
Antigua and Barbuda.

Power to refuse
to act.

4. (1) No Marriage Officer shall be required to act
as such with respect to any marriage which is contrary to,
or desired to be solemnized in any manner other than is
prescribed by, the rules of the religious denomination to which
he belongs.

Marriage Officer (2) A Marriage Officer shall not be liable to any penalty
may solemnize
marriages in

for solemnizing with the consent in writing of the recognized
accordance with head, if any, within Antigua and Barbuda of the denomina-
the his tion to which he belongs, according to the rules and rites denomination.

of his denomination, the marriage of parties who are desirous
of being religiously united in accordance with the rules of
such denomination, but are unable to comply with the
requirements of this Act:

Provided always that the performance of such ceremony
shall be and be deemed to be totally void and of no effect
as a marriage in law, and such marriage ceremony shall not
be entered in the marriage Register Book required to be kept
by this Act.

Applications for
appointment as a

5. (1) All applications by ministers of religion for
Marriage Officer. appointment as Marriage Officers shall be made in writing

to the Registrar-General.

(2) Every minister of religion acting as such for a
congregation, or having the local superintendence of several
congregations, who applies to be appointed a Marriage
Officer, shall state in his application the name or other
description of the place of public worship in which he acts,
or of the places of public worship of the congregations over
which he has such local superintendence, and the postal
address to which all communications intended for him may
be addressed.

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(3) Every application for appointment by a Minister
of Religion as a Marriage Officer under this section shall
be accompanied by a letter recommending that he be so
appointed signed by the head, superintendent, superior or
other senior church officer of his denomination within
Antigua and Barbuda.

6. Every Marriage Officer shall, if he ceases to act ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ i n g
as a minister of religion, forthwith notify the fact to the to act to notifv -
Registrar-General. Registrar- '

General.

7. Any Marriage Officer may resign his appointment ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ g M f ~ e r
as such by notifying his resignation to the Registrar-General.
Such resignation shall be notified in the Gazette, and shall
take effect from the date of publication.

8. A Marriage Officer when duly appointed shall ~ ; ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ : ~ a r y
retain his Office until it is notified in the Gazette that he has for vacation of
ceased to be a Marriage Officer. office of

Marriage Officer.

9. (1) Any Marriage Officer intending to be ~ ~ ~ , ~ , " f " ~
temporarily absent from Antigua and Barbuda shall notify Marriage Officer.
the Registrar-General of such intention, and shall make such
arrangements for the custody of the marriage Register Books
supplied to him as shall be satisfactory to the
Registrar-General.

(2) The provisions of the preceding subsection relating
to the notification of absence to the Registrar-General shall
not apply to a Marriage Officer of the class referred .to in
paragraph (b) of section 3, provided he complies with such
requirements for the safe custody of such Register Books as
may be prescribed by any general or special instructions of
the Registrar-General.

10. The Minister responsible for Legal Affairs shall Power to cancel
appointment.

have full power on good cause being shown to cancel the
appointment of any Marriage Officer. In the event of an
appointment of a Marriage Officer being cancelled the fact
and cause thereof shall be communicated to the recognized
head within Antigua and Barbuda, if any, of the religious
denomination to which he belongs.

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Register of
Marriage 1 . (1) The Registrar-General shall keep a register
Officers. in accordance with Form A in the First Schedule, of all
Form A. Marriage Offlcee appointed under this Act.

(2) Whenever any Marriage Officer changes his postal
address as last recorded on the list of Marriage Officers at
the Registrar-General's Office, or takes the active charge
or superintendence of any place or places of worship his
charge or superintendence of which is not recorded at such
Office, he shall forthwith report in writing to the Registrar-
General such change of residence, postal address or
ministerial charge, and in default thereof his appointment
as Marriage Officer may be cancelled.

Sending in of
applications,

12. Every application, notice or other notification
notices, etc. required by or under this Part to be sent to the Registrar-

General shall, in case the Minister concerned is a member
of any denomination having a recognized head in Antigua
and Barbuda, be sent through such head.

Publication of
appointments.

13. All appointments under this Part shall be pub-
lished in the Gazette.

Registrar-
General's Office.

14. (1) The Office of the Registrar-General shall be
the General Register Office mentioned in section 3 of the

Cap. 53. Births and Deaths (Registration Act), provided that the
Minister responsible for Legal Affairs may by notice in the
Gazette declare any other building to be an office of the
Registrar-General for the purposes of this Act either instead
of or in addition to such General Register Office.

(2) A reference in this Act to the Registrar-General's ,
Office shall, unless the context otherwise requires, be deemed
to be a reference to any place which is an office of the
Registrar-General under the provisions of the preceding
subsection.

Limitation of
powers and place

15. (1) The Registrar-General, Deputy Registrar or
for celebration of the Assistant Registrar of the High Court shall not perform
marriage. any function or act in respect of marriage otherwise than

in accordance with the express provisions of this Act.

(2) The Registrar-General, Deputy Registrar or the
Assistant Registrar of the High Court may celebrate a mar-

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riage at any place within Antigua and Barbuda that he is
satisfied is a fit and proper place for such celebration.

PART I1

REGISTERED BUILDINGS

16. (1) The head of every denomination of the f;:;+: $e
Christian Religion in Antigua and Barbuda shall, within one .t the
month after the commencement of this Act make out and commencement of

this Act.
send to the Registrar-General a list of all buildings exclusively
used as places of public Christian worship belonging to the
denomination of which he is head, wherein banns or
announcements of marriage have been usually published,
and the Registrar-General shall register the same in a book
to be kept for that purpose at his office, and shall make out
and cause to be published in the Gazette, a list of all such
buildings, and shall state in such list, the parish within which
each building so registered is situated, and a copy of such
list or of the Gazette containing the same shall be sent to every
Marriage Officer by the Registrar-General.

(2) Where it is desired to register a building belonging
to a denomination which has no head in Antigua and Barbuda
and which has been exclusively used as a place of Christian
Worship belonging to such denomination and wherein banns
or announcements of marriage have been usually published,
the person in charge of such building shall do, as regards
such building, what is, by subsection (1) required to be done
by the head of a denomination, and the Registrar-General
shall deal with the same in the manner provided by the said
subsection.

17.
who has
place of
General

(1) Any proprietor or trustee or any other person Registration of
buildings at any

the sole control of a separate building used as a time apart for
Christian Worship may apply to the Registrar- religious

worship.
in order that such building may be registered for

the publication of banns, and in such case shall deliver or
send to the Registrar-General a certificate signed by not less
than five householders resident in the locality that such
building has been and is intended to be used as a usual place
of public religious worship, and that they are desirous that
such place should be registered, which certificate shall be
countersigned by the proprietor or trustee or other person
making the application.

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(2) On receipt of such certificate the Registrar-General
shall register such building in the book in which buildings
used for the publication of banns are registered, and the
Registrar-General shall endorse on such certificate the date
of the registry, and shall keep the same with the other records
of his office, and shall give a certificate of such registry under
his hand to the proprietor or trustee or other person by whom
the certificate is countersigned, and shall give public notice
of the registration of such building by advertisement in the
Gazette.

(3) For every such entry, certificate, and publication,
there shall be paid to the Registrar-General at the time of
the delivery to him of the application to register, the sum
of twenty dollars.

What to be
deemed a

18. Any building which has been and is intended to
separate be used exclusively for public religious worship shall be taken
building. to be a separate building for the purpose of being registered

under the preceding section, notwithstanding that the same
is under the same roof with any other building, or forms
a part only of a building.

Use of building
as school, &c.

19. The use of any building for the purposes of a
school or the holding of any entertainment therein for any
object in connection therewith while religious worship is not
going on therein, shall not prevent such building being
registered for the publication of banns.

Cancellation of
registry if

20. (1) If at any time subsequent to the registry of
building disused. any building it is made to appear to the satisfaction of the

Registrar-General that such building has been disused for
the public religious worship of the congregation on whose
behalf it was registered the Registrar-General shall cause the
registry thereof to be cancelled:
Provided that if it is proved to the satisfaction of the Registrar-
General that the same congregation used instead thereof some
other such building for the purpose of public religious
worship, the Registrar-General may substitute and register
such new place of worship instead of the disused building.

q
(2) Every application for cancelling the registry of any

such building, or for such substitution and registry of a x &

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substituted building, shall be made to the Registrar-General
and such cancellation or substitution when made, and the
date thereof, shall be entered in the book provided for the
registry of such buildings, and shall be certified and published
in manner hereinbefore provided in the case of the original
registry of the disused building.

(3) For every such substitution there shall be paid to
the Registrar-General, at the time of the delivery of the
certificate, by the party requiring the substitution, the sum
of twenty dollars.

(4) After any such cancellation or substitution has been
made by the Registrar-General, it shall not be lawful to
publish banns or to solemnize marriages in such disused
building, unless the same is again registered in the manner
hereinbefore provided.

21. In any case in which any registered building is &@:d,';g Or
being rebuilt or under repair, it shall be lawful for the registered
Registrar-General, on application in writing made to him
for that purpose, to order and direct that banns of marriage
may be published in any church or other building in the
same locality which he by order in writing directs, until the
registered building is again opened for the performance of
divine service, and during all such period the said church
or building shall, for all purposes relating to the publication
of banns of marriage, be deemed and taken to be the
registered building so being rebuilt or under repair.

22. In some conspicuous place at the main entrance, Notice at entrance of
or at one of the main entrances, of every registered building registered
a notice in the words following shall be placed- building.

"Banns of Marriage may be published in this Church
or building".

23. No banns shall be published in any registered Consent required for use of
building without the consent of the minister or other person registered
having the charge and control thereof, or of the head of the building.
denomination to which such minister belongs, where he is
by law empowered to give such consent.

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PART I11

RESTRICTIONS O N MARRIAGE
Prohibited 24. If the parties to any marriage are within the pro-
degrees. hibited degrees of consanguinity or affinity according to the

law of England the marriage of such persons shall be null
and void.

Marriages of
persons under 25. A marriage solemnized between persons either

of whom is under the age of fifteen shall be null and void. fifteen.

Restriction in 26. (1) Where either of the parties, not being a
cases of minority
of parties. widower or widow, is under the age of eighteen years, no

marriage shall take place between them until the consent of 5
the persons or person required by this Act has been first
obtained.

(2) The consent required to the marriage of an infant
under this section shall, in the case of a marrige intended
to be solemnized on the granting of a licence by the Minister
responsible for Legal Affairs or in the case of a marriage
intended to be solemnized after the publication of banns,

Second Schedule. be that of the persons or person mentioned in the Second
Schedule:

Provided that-

( a ) if the Marriage Officer is satisfied that the
consent of any person whose consent is so required can-
not be obtained by reason of absence or inaccessibility
or by reason of his being under any disability, the
necessity for the consent of that person shall be dispensed
with, if there is any other person whose consent is also
required; and if the consent of no other person is
required, the Minister responsible for Legal Affairs may
dispense with the necessity of obtaining any consent,
or the High Court may, on application being made,
consent to the marriage, and the consent of the Court
so given shall have the same effect as if it had been given
by the person whose consent cannot be obtained;

(6) if any person whose consent is required refuses
his consent, the High Court may, on application being
made, consent to the marriage, and the consent of the
Court so given shall have the same effect as if it had
been given by the person whose consent is so refused.

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PART IV

PRELIMINARIES T O MARRIAGE

27. Except in the cases mentioned in Part VII no Authority for
solemnization.

marriage shall be so solemnized unless there is produced to
the Marriage Officer solemnizing the same, a certificate or
certificates, as the case may be, of the due publication of
the banns within the preceding three months, or a licence
of the Minister responsible for Legal Affairs which is still
in force, or a certificate or certificates from the Registrar-
General which is or are still in force:

Provided that where a marriage is solemnized by a
Marriage Officer officiating in the registered building in
which banns of such marriage have within the aforesaid
period been duly published, or is celebrated at the office of
the Registrar-General where any notice relating to such
marriage has been duly given, and is still in force, it shall
not be necessary to issue a certificate of the publication in
such registered place or of the notice given in such office.

BANNS OF MARRIAGE

28. (1) Subject to the provisions of this Act any Publication of
banns. minister of the Christian Religion, ordained or otherwise

set apart to the Ministry of the Christian Religion, accord-
ing to the usage of the persuasion to which he may belong,
if appointed as a Marriage Officer (but not otherwise), may
himself, or by someone officiating under his control, publish
banns of marriage between persons desirous of being joined
together in matrimony.

(2) Such publication shall be made in an audible manner
some time during public Divine Service on a Saturday or
Sunday whichever day is the day on which the principal act
of worship of such congregation takes place, in the face of
the congregation before whom and in the registered building
in which such Minister officiates and in the parish in Antigua
and Barbuda in which both of the parties to be married dwell,
and shall contain the christian and other name and surname
and place of abode of each of the said parties, and shall be
published on three such days within a period not exceeding
three months preceding the solemnization of the marriage.

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(3) If the parties to be married dwell in different parishes
in Antigua and Barbuda the banns shall be published in like
manner in each parish.

(4) If one or both of the parties dwell in any parish in
Antigua and Barbuda in which there is no registered building
used for public Christian worship belonging to the denomina-
tion according to the usage of which the parties desire to
be married, the banns shall be published in like manner in
any two such registered buildings in Antigua and Barbuda,
or, if there are not two such registered buildings in Antigua
and Barbuda, in one such registered building in Antigua
and Barbuda.

Publication of
banns in certain

29. If either of the parties to be married dwells in
cases. any place, district or parish without Antigua and Barbuda,

the banns shall be published in the place, district or parish
(both within and without Antigua and Barbuda) in which
each party dwells, and the manner of publication of the banns
within Antigua and Barbuda shall be in accordance with the
provisions of section 28.

Notification to be
made to minister
before
publication of
banns.

30. No Marriage Officer shall be obliged to publish
banns between any persons whomsoever, unless the persons
to be married, two days at the least before the time required
for the first publication of such banns respectively, deliver,
or cause to be delivered, to such ~ a r r i a g e officer a notice
of their true christian and other names and surnames, their
respective rank, profession or occupation, and a description
of their place or respective places of abode, and of the time
during which they have dwelt in such place or places, and
state whether they or one, and, if one only, which of them,
have or has been married before or been divorced, and such
notice shall further contain a statement signed by both parties
to the effect that they know of no lawful impediment to their
marriage with each other.

when 31. (1) In all cases where any person, whose consent void.
to a marriage is by this Act required, forbids such marriage
and gives notice in writing thereof before it is solemnized
to the minister publishing the banns for such marriage, the
publication of such banns shall, subject to the provisions of
this Act, be void, unless the person so objecting afterwards

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withdraws his objection, in which case the publication shall
hold good.

(2) In all cases where three calendar months from the
last publication of banns have elapsed without the marriage
to which such banns relate having been solemnized, the
publication of such banns shall be void.

(3) In either of the said cases before the parties can be
married by banns, it shall be necessary to republish banns
anew, as if no banns had ever been published between them.

32. (1) The officiating minister at any registered certificate of
publication of

building where banns have been duly published shall, unless banns.
such publication be void, on the request of both or either
of the parties, whose banns have been so published, give
to the party requiring the same a certificate of the banns
having been duly published in such building.

(2) For every such certificate the officiating minister shall
be entitled to demand and receive a fee of five dollars.

33. The Registrar-General shall provide for use at ;ZP?~ of books
every building wherein banns may be published under this repistration of
Act a proper register book of banns of substantial paper ruled banns.
and having the several pages numbered progressively; and
the banns shall be published from the said book and not from
loose papers, and after publication shall be signed by the
officiating minister, or by some person under his direction.

MARRIAGE LICENCES

34. The Minister responsible for Legal Affairs may, g;;;zf the
if he thinks fit, grant a licence or special licence to marry responsible for
without publication of banns or notice under this Act. Fry;:

licences.

35. Where either of the parties, not being a widower Restriction in
cases of minority

or widow, is under the age of eighteen years, no licence or .f ties.
special licence shall be until the consent of the persons
or person required by subsection (2) of section 26 has been
first obtained.

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Rights of parties
applying for 36. The parties intending marriage or either of them
licence or special may require that such licence or special licence shall authorize
licence. the solemnization of the marriage in respect of which such

licence or special licence is applied for by any Marriage
Officer by whom such marriage could have been solemniz-
ed if banns thereof had been published as aforesaid, or the
celebration of such marriage by the Registrar-General.

Application for
licences.

37. (1) Persons desiring to obtain a licence or special
licence under section 34 shall apply to the Minister respon-
sible for Legal Affairs by petition.

(2) The petition referred to in subsection (1) must
state-

(a) whether the application is for a licence or a
special licence;

(6) the first and other names and surnames of both
parties, their respective rank, profession or occupation,
their permanent addresses and their addresses at the time
of making the petition where such addresses are not their
permanent addresses;

(c) whether their marriage is to be solemnized or
celebrated by a Marriage Officer or by the Registrar-
General and the place where and the Marriage Officer
by whom the marriage is to be solemnized;

(6) whether the parties or either of them has or have
been previously married;

(e) that they know of no impediment of kindred
or alliance or other lawful cause to prevent the proposed
marriage;

V) that one of the parties-

(i) in the case of an application for a licence, was
resident in Antigua and Barbuda for the space
of fifteen days immediately preceding the date
of the application for the licence; or

(ii) in the case of a special licence, was resident
in Antigua and Barbuda for the space of three
days;

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(q) where either of the parties, not being a widower
or widow, is under the age of eighteen years, that the
consent of the person or persons whose consent to the
marriage is required under this Act has been obtained.

(3) The petition shall be signed by both persons and
shall be accompanied by such evidence of the statements made
in it as the Minister responsible for Legal Affairs may from
time to time prescribe in the case of such petitions.

(4) The petition for a licence shall be accompanied by
a fee of one hundred dollars, and a petition for a special
licence shall be accompanied by a fee of two hundred and
fifty dollars, which fee shall be refunded to the person mak-
ing payment if the petition is refused.

38. A licence shall be in the form or to the effect set Form of licence-
forth in Form B in the First Schedule; and a special licence
shall be in that form except that wherever the word "licence"
occurs the words "special licence" are substituted in its place.

39. If any objection to the grant of any licence or objections
against issue of a special licence for a marriage be lodged with the Minister 1iCence.

responsible for Legal Affairs, such objection being duly signed
by or on the behalf of the person who lodges the same, stating
his place of residence and the ground of the objection, no
licence or special licence shall issue until the Minister respons-
ible for Legal Affairs has examined into the matter of the
objection, and is satisfied that it ought not to obstruct the
grant of the licence or special licence for the said marriage,
or until the objection be withdrawn by the party who lodges
the same.

40. In all cases where three calendar months have Licence when
elapsed without the marriage to which a licence or special
licence relates having been solemnized or celebrated, such
licence or special licence shall be void, and before the parties
can be married by licence or special licence, a fresh licence
or special licence must be obtained as if no licence or special
licence had previously been granted.

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REGISTRAR-GENERAL'S CERTIFICATE

Notice of
marriage.

41. (1) Any persons intending marriage who desire
to obtain a Registrar-General's Certificate shall give notice

Form C. under their hands in the Form C in the First Schedule, or
to the like effect, to the Registrar-General.

(2) Every such notice shall have at the foot thereof a
statutory declaration made and signed by the parties or party
giving such notice and stating-

(a) that they or he or she (as the case may be) know
or knows of no impediment of kindred or alliance, or
other lawful hindrance to the said marriage; and

( 6 ) that they or he or she (as the case may be),
have or has for the space of seven days immediately
preceding the giving of such notice, had their, his or
her usual place of abode and residence within Antigua
and Barbuda; and

( 6 ) when either of the parties intending marriage,
and not being a widower or widow is under the age of
eighteen years, further stating that the consent of the
persons whose consent to such marriage is by law
required, or of a Judge, has been given.

(3) Such declaration may be made before and taken by
any person by law authorized to administer an oath, or before
and by the Registrar-General.

(4) No such notice shall be received by the Registrar-
General unless the said notice is in the prescribed form and
accompanied by such declaration as aforesaid, and by such
certificate as aforesaid, if a certificate be requisite.

Filing and entry 42. (1) Where any such notice of marriage is given
of notice. to the Registrar-General, he shall forthwith file the same with

the records of his office, and shall also enter the particulars
thereof in a book to be called "The Marriage Notice Book",
and for every such entry there shall be paid to the Registrar-
General a fee of five dollars.

(2) The Marriage Notice Book may, at any reasonable
time, be inspected without fee by any person.

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43. Where the Registrar-General receives any such Publication of
notice.

notice he shall cause a true and exact copy thereof with a
statement under his hand that any objections to the intended
marriage must be lodged with him within twenty-one days
from the date thereof, to be suspended or affixed in some
conspicuous place outside his office for the twenty-one days
next after the day of the entry of such notice in his Marriage
Notice Book.

44. (1) After the expiration of twenty-one days next Certificate of
notice.

after the day of the entry of such notice in his Marriage Notice
Book, the Registrar-General shall issue under his hand, upon
the request of any party giving such notice, a certificate in
the form or to the effect set forth in Form D in the First Forrn D.
Schedule, provided that in the meantime no lawful impedi-
ment or valid objection to such marriage has been shown
to exist.

(2) For every such certificate there shall be paid to the
Registrar-General a fee of five dollars.

45. (1) Any person may enter an objection to the EPW:"$f""n"oze.
issue of a Registrar-General's certificate on the ground of
any legal impediment to a marriage between the parties, or
of consent on the part of any person whose consent is required
to such marriage, not having been obtained.

(2) Such objection shall be in writing signed by or on
behalf of the person who enters the same, shall state his name
and place of residence and the ground of his objection, and
shall be lodged with the Registrar-General within twenty-
one days from the date of the notice set up outside his office
under section 43.

(3) When any objection is lodged the Registrar-General
shall forward the objection to a Judge of the High Court
who shall decide upon the same as expeditiously as the
circumstances of the case will permit, the objection so for-
warded being, as far as practicable, regarded and dealt with
as a petition to the Judge sitting in Chambers.

(4) The Registrar-General shall, in any such case,
suspend the issue of his certificate until he receives a certified

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20 CAP. 261) Marriage

copy of the Judge's decision, and shall act in conformity
therewith.

(5) The cost of and attending the decision of any
objection by a Judge shall be in the Judge's discretion.

Certificate when 46. In all cases where three calendar months have
void. elapsed without the marriage to which a certificate relates

having been celebrated, such certificate shall be void, and
before the parties can be married on a Registrar-General's
certificate, a fresh notice must be given as if no proceedings
had previously been taken to obtain a certificate.

PART V

SOLEMNIZATION O R CELEBRATION
OF MARRIAGE

Provisions as to
solemnization

47. Except in the cases mentioned in Part VII-
and celebration.
By whom and

(a) Every marriage shall be solemnized by some
hours. Marriage Officer between the hours of six in the morn-

ing and eight in the evening, or shall be celebrated by
the Registrar-General between the hours of nine in the
morning and six-thirty in the afternoon, and shall be
solemnGed or celebratkd in the presence of two or more
credible witnesses besides such Marriage Officer or
Registrar-General.

(b) A marriage shall be solemnized by a Marriage
Offlcer according to such form and ceremony as the
parties may see fit to adopt:

Provided that in some part of the ceremony the consent
of each party to accept the other as his or her wife or
husband is clearly expressed in the presence of the
Marriage Officer and the witnesses; and

(c) If a marriage is celebrated in the Registrar-
General's Office, each of the parties shall say to the
other;

"I call upon these persons here present to witness that I A.B.,
do take thee, C.D., to be my lawful wedded wife (or hus-
band). ' '

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48. If the parties to any marriage contracted at the z$:j$:
Registrar-General's Office desire to add the religious ceremony to civil
ceremony ordained or used by any church or persuasion, mamiage.
to the marriage so contracted, they may present themselves
for that purpose to any minister of such church or persua-
sion, and such minister, may, if he thinks fit, perform the
marria~e service of the church or persuasion to which he .,
belongs, but nothing in the performance of such service shall
supersede or invalidate any marriage so previously con-
tracted, nor shall the performance of such service be entered
as a marriage among the marriages in any marriage register
provided under this Act:

Provided also that at no marriage celebrated at the
Registrar-General's Office shall any religious service be used
at such office.

49. NO Marriage Officer who solemnizes Case of marriage any between minors marriage after due publication of banns between persons, after publication
both or one of whom are or is at the time of such marriage of banns-
under the obligation to obtain the consent of others, shall
be answerable or responsible, or liable to any pain, penalty,
or proceeding for having solemnized such marriage without
the consent of the parents or guardians, or other persons,
if any, whose consent is required by law, unless such parents
or guardians, or other persons, or one of them, shall forbid
the marriage, and give notice thereof to such Marriage Officer
before he has solemnized the same.

50. (1) For every marriage celebrated by the Fee payable.
Registrar-General, the Deputy Registrar or the Assistant
Registrar of the High Court there shall be paid to him a
fee of one hundred dollars which shall be paid into the Con-
solidated Fund.

(2) For every marriage celebrated by the Registrar-
General, the Deputy Registrar or the Assistant Registrar of
the High Court at a place other than his office there shall
be paid to him a fee of one hundred dollars in addition to
the fee referred to in subsection (1).

(3) One hundred dollars of the additional fee referred
to in subsection (2) shall be paid to the Registrar-General,
the Deputy Registrar or the Assistant Registrar of the High
Court and the other one hundred dollars shall be paid into
the Consolidated Fund.

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Supply of
register book.

Keeping of
register of
marriages.

Form E.

Duplicate
register.

Form F.

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PART VI

REGISTRATION OF MARRIAGE

5 1. (1) Bound marriage register books and separate
sheets for a duplicate original register, all of substantial paper,
according to the forms provided for the registration of
marriages by this Act, shall at the commencement of this
Act and thereafter whenever necessary be supplied by the
Registrar-General through the District Registrars to each
Marriage Officer.

(2) Every Marriage Officer shall safely keep and
preserve every such marriage register book supplied to him,
and such book or books shall be open to the inspection of
the Registrar-General at all times.

52. Immediately after the solemnization or celebra-
tion of every marriage, an entry thereof shall be made in
a marriage register book, by the Marriage Officer or
Registrar-General; and in every such entry in every such
register it shall be expressed that the marriage was solem-
nized after banns or licence of the Minister responsible for
Legal Affairs or Registrar-General's certificate and, if both
or either of the parties married by licence or certificate be
under age and not a widow or widower, that the previous
consent had been given of the parents or guardians or other
persons or person having lawful authority to withhold con-
sent to the marriage, or after such order of a Judge as
aforesaid, and shall be signed by the Marriage Officer or
Registrar-General as the case may be, with his proper addi-
tion, and by the parties married, and shall be attested by
such two witnesses; and every such entry shall be in the form
or to the effect set out in Form E in the First Schedule.

53. (1) Of every entry at the same time before the
parties depart shall then and there be made on a separate
piece of paper a duplicate original register in which the same
matter shall be entered and signed and attested by the same
parties in the form or to the effect set out in Form F in the
First Schedule.

(2) All such duplicate original registers made in any
one calendar month shall within the first ten days of the

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Marriage (CAP. 261 2 3

calendar month next following be transmitted by the
Marriage Officers to the Registrars of the Districts in which
the marriages have taken place, and the said District
Registrars shall, at the end of every three months, namely,
within the first ten days of January, April, July and October
of each year, transmit all such duplicates to the Registrar-
General, who shall file and safely preserve them in his office.

(3) The Registrar-General shall make or cause to be
made and kept in his office an alphabetical index of all
duplicate original registers filed in his office.

(4) Every original register, and also every copy thereof,
certified, under the hand of the Marriage Officer, or
Registrar-General, who for the time being has the lawful
custody of the original, to be a true copy, and every such
duplicate original register, and also every copy thereof,
certified, under the hand of the District Registrar, or
Registrar-General, who for the time being has the lawful
custody of such duplicate original register, to be a true copy,
shall respectively be good evidence of the facts therein
recorded, in pursuance of this Act in all Courts and pro-
ceedings whatsoever in which it may be necessary to give
evidence of the marriage to which the same relates.

54. It shall be lawful for all persons at all reasonable z $ : e z h
times in the day (except Saturdays, Sundays and holidays) .,d to have
to search the original register book, and also the file of :E;",e",!i; of
duplicate original registers, in the presence of the person for
the time being having the care of the same respectively, or
his deputy, and to have a true copy of any entry therein,
certified under the hand of the Marriage Officer, District
Registrar or Registrar-General, having the custody of the
original or duplicate original register as aforesaid (as the case
may be) which true copy such Marriage Officer, District
Registrar or Registrar-General is hereby required to make
and examine or cause to be made and examined, and to
certify under his hand to be a true copy, in the form of the
duplicate original register, except that the same shall be
headed "Certified Copy of Original (or Duplicate Original)
Marriage Register," (as the case may be), and shall be dated
on the day, month and year, when the same is delivered.

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2 4 CAP. 261) Marriage

Fees payable for
search and

55. The following fees shall be payable before the
certified copies of performance of the duty to which the same respectively relate,
entries, etc. that is to say-

for every general search not directed to any
particular entry $5.00

for every search for a particular entry $10.00

for every certified copy of an entry $10.00

for every issuing of any certificate or
making any record of any fact not other-
wise provided for $10.00

for correction of each error or omission. $10.00

PART VII

CLINICAL MARRIAGES
As to marrige in
articulo mortis.

56. (1) It shall be lawful for a Marriage Officer to
solemnize a marriage without anv licence or certificate of "
notice or banns in the following special case, that is to say,
where the marriage is between two persons one of whom
he believes from the certificate of a duly qualified medical
practitioner, if any such practitioner has been in attendance
on such person during his or her last illness, and if not, from
his own observation, to be in articulo mortis, such person before
the solemnization declaring that he or she believes that he
or she is at the point of death.

(2) No such marriage shall be solemnized unless both
parties are able to and actually and previously signify their
consent thereto in the presence of two witnesses besides the
Marriage Officer.

(3) No such marriage shall be solemnized where either
of the parties is under eighteen years of age, not being a
widower or widow, without the verbal or written consent
of the person whose consent is by law required. If such per-
son is present such consent may be given orally, and such
person shall sign the register of such marriage in token of
assent thereto. If such person is absent such consent shall
be in writing and shall be attached to the duplicate register.

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Marriaze (CAP. 261 2 5

(4) A marriage so solemnized shall be specially
registered, and the certificate of the medical practitioner, or
of the Marriage Officer who performed the ceremony, as
the case may be, that in his opinion the sick person is at
the point of death, shall be attached to the duplicate original
register and forwarded to the Registrar-General.

(5) The register and duplicate original register shall con- Form G -
tain the particulars and be in the form indicated in Form
G in the First Schedule; but shall in all other respects be
subject to the provisions of this Act relating to Marriage
Registers.

(6) No marriage solemnized under the provisions of this
section shall be valid unless the foregoing conditions are
observed.

(7) The certificate to be given by a medical practitioner
or a Marriage Officer for the purposes of this section shall
be in the Form H in the First Schedule. The fee payable H-
to any Government Medical Officer for any such certificate
shall be ten dollars, if a special visit is not required before
it can be given; if a special visit is required, the fee shall
be twenty dollars.

PART VIII

OFFENCES, &c.

57. Any person who knowingly and wilfully- z:zzzing
marriage. (a) solemnizes any marriage at any other time than

between the hours of six o'clock in the morning and
eight o'clock in the evening, save in the cases mentioned
in subsection (2) of section 4 and in Part VII; or

( b ) solemnizes any marriage, save in the cases men-
tioned in subsection (2) of section 4 and in Part VII
without due publication of banns, or licence from the
Minister responsible for Legal Affairs or certificate from
the Registrar-General first had and obtained; or

( c ) falsely pretending to be a Marriage Officer or
the Registrar-General solemnizes or celebrates any mar-
riage; or

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26 CAP. 261) Marriafe

Making false
declaration.

(d) solemnizes any marriage (save as aforesaid)
more than three months after the last publication of
banns, or the issue of a licence by the Minister respons-
ible for Legal Affairs, or the entry of a notice of such
marriage by the Registrar-General,

shall be guilty of a misdemeanour, and shall on conviction
thereof be liable to imprisonment, for any term not exceeding
two years:

Provided that all prosecutions for any such mis-
demeanour shall be commenced within three years after the
offence was committed.

58. Any person who knowingly and wilfully makes
any false declaration (statutory or other) or signs any peti-
tion, notice, statement or certificate required by this Act,
which is in any material respect false, for the purpose of pro-
curing any marriage, shall be deemed guilty of wilful and
corrupt perjury, and shall be liable to be prosecuted and
punished accordingly.

Liability of
persons lodging

59. (1) Any person who shall enter an objection with
an objection on the Minister responsible for Legal Affairs against the grant
frivolous of any licence or with the Registrar-General against the issue
grounds. of any certificate on grounds which the Minister responsible

for Legal Affairs or a Judge shall declare to be frivolous as
well as being such as ought not to obstruct the grant of the
licence or issue of the certificate, as the case may be, shall
be liable for the costs of the proceedings, and for damages
which may be recovered by plaint or action by the party
against whose marriage such objection has been lodged.

(2) For the purpose of enabling any person to recover
costs and damages in any proceedings, as provided by this
section, from any person who has lodged an objection on
frivolous grounds, a copy of the declaration of the Minister
responsible for Legal Affairs purporting to be signed by him
or a copy of the judgment of the Judge, shall be evidence
that the Minister responsible for Legal Affairs or Judge has
declared such objection to have been lodged on grounds that
are frivolous as well as being such as ought not to obstruct
the grant of the licence or issue of the certificate, as the case
may be.

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Marriafe (CAP. 261 27

PART IX

MISCELLANEOUS

60. After the solemnization or celebration of any ?:r;:'';"zf
marrige under this Act, it shall not be necessary, in support certain
of such marriage, or in any action, suit or proceeding where ~:::$-'f';~~
the same may come into question, to give any proof of the solemnization of
consent of any person whose consent thereunto is by law mamiage.
required, or theactual dwelling of the parties married, or
of either of them, before the marriage in any specified place,
for any prescribed period or that the banns were published,
or notice of intended marriage given, in the place wherein
or by or to the person by or to whom the banns ought to
have been published, or the notice given or that the marriage
was solemnized or celebrated, in the place, and by a person,
where and by whom the same ought to have been solem-
nized or celebrated: Provided that nothing herein contained
shall prevent any evidence from being given that such
marriage is null and void under any provision of this Act
expressly declaring such marriage to be null and void, but
the burden of proof shall in all such cases lie on the party
alleging any such marriage to be null and void.

61. In no case whatsoever shall any suit or proceeding Prohibiting of
proceedings to

be had in any Court or before any jurisdiction whatsoever, marriage.
to compel the celebration of any marriage, by reason of any
promise or marriage contract entered into, or by reason of
seduction, or of any cause whatsoever which shall arise after
the commencement of this Act, any law or usage to the con-
trary notwithstanding:

Provided that nothing herein contained shall prevent
any person aggrieved from suing for or recovering damages
in any Court, or by any proceeding wherein and whereby
damages may be lawfully recovered for breach of promise
of marriage, or for seduction, or other cause as aforesaid.

62. If any persons, save in the case mentioned in Part Invalidation of certain
VII, knowingly and wilfully- marriages.

(a) intermarry in any other place than a building
wherein marriage may lawfully be celebrated; or

( 6 ) intermarry without due publication of banns;
or licence from the Minister responsible for Legal Affairs

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28 CAP. 261) Marriage

or a certificate from the Registrar-General first had and
obtained; or

(c) consent to, or acquiesce in, the solemnization
or celebration of their marriage by any person not being
a Marriage Officer or the Registrar-General,

the marriage of such persons shall be null and void to all in-
tents and purposes.

Securing of
property when

63. (1) Where either of the parties to a marriage is
necessary consent under eighteen years of age, not being a widower or widow,
to marrLge and is married-under this Act, without the consent of the
obtained.

person whose consent is by law required, no community of
property between the for th; benefit or to the advant-
age of the party marrying such minor shall take place, nor
shall any property be acquired from such minor by the other
party to the marriage by last will, gift, transfer, or in any
other way whatsoever, nor shall any stipulation made by such
party by any ante-nuptial contract for any benefit from the
property of such minor be valid or of any effect.

(2) It shall be lawful for the parent or guardian of the
minor whose consent has not been given to such marriage
to take proceedings in the High Court by action for secur-
ing such property; and the High Court shall have power in
such action to order and direct that all the property of such
minor shall be secured under the direction of such Court
for the benefit of the minor or of the issue of the marriage,
or of both in such manner as the said Court shall think fit,
for the purpose of preventing the offending party from deriv-
ing any interest, or pecuniary benefit from such marriage.

Saving clause as
to fees.

64. Nothing in this Act shall affect the right of any
Marrige Officer to receive for any duty performed by him
under this Act such fees as have heretofore been custom-
arily paid to Ministers of the same denomination for the per-
formance of any duty.

Disposal of fees
received by

65. The District Registrars shall pay all fees received
~ ~ ~ i s t r a r - ~ e n e r a l by them under the provisions of this Act to the Registrar-
and District General, and the Registrar-General shall pay all such fees
Registrars.

and all fees received by him under the said provisions into
the Treasury and except the fee received by him under section

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Marriage (CAP. 261 29

50(2), such fees shall be for the public uses of Antigua and
Barbuda.

66. No marriage solemnized under this Act shall be, Validation.
or be deemed to have been, invalid by reason only that such
marriage was solemnized by a female Minister of the
Christian Religion who was appointed or purported to be
appointed by the Governor-General as a Marriage Officer
for Antigua and Barbuda.

FIRST SCHEDULE (S.11.)

FORM A

Remarks
No.

Postal Address
Name Originally

given
At

present
time

Denomina-
tion

Date of
appoint-

ment

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30 CAP. 261) Marriage

FORM B (S. 38.)

By . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Minister responsible for Legal Affairs

To all those to whom these Presents shall come

Be it known that

Bachelor born in
Widower

an inhabitant at

of Antigua and Barbuda,

and

Spinster
Widow born in

an inhabitant at

of Antigua and Barbuda,

having petitioned me for a licence to marry without publication
of banns, or notice of marriage, and they the said

having made it appear
that there does not exist any lawful cause or impediment to their
marriage, Licence is hereby granted to

Marriage Officer to solemnize

the Registrar-General to celebrate
a marriage between the said

and

without publication of banns or notice of marriage according to
the provisions of the Marriage Act, provided no lawful impedi-
ment be known to the contrary.

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This licence will be void unless the marriage between the
parties herein named be solemnized or celebrated within three
calendar months from the date thereof.

Given under my hand, at St. John's Antigua, this
day of

......................................................
Minister responsible for

Legal Affairs.

FORM C (S. 41.)

FORM OF NOTICE OF MARRIAGE

To the Registrar-General.

I
-- (as the case may be) the undersigned, hereby give you notice
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that a marriage is intended to be held within three calendar months
from the date hereof, between me and the other party herein named
and described, that is to say-

Parishes in
Antigua and
Barbuda in
which the

parties res-
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dwell.

Name
and

Surname

Condition
( e . ,

Widower,
Bachelor,
Widow or
Spinster)

Rank,
Profession

or
Occupation

Age

Dwelling
place

Length
of

Residence

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3 2 CAP. 261) Marriage

And lhe reby solemnly and sincerely declare tha tL know of no
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impediment of kindred or alliance or other lawful hindrance to
the said marriage, and thatLthe above-named, have for the space

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of seven days immediately preceding the giving of this notice, had
9 usual place of abode and residence within the above-mentioned
our
parish respectively in Antigua and Barbuda.
parishes

AndIfurther solemnly and sincerely declare that of the par-
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ties herein named and described (neither is a minor under the
age of eighteen years,) (or in lieu of the part within brackets (b) not
being a widower, (or widow) is (or am) a minor under the age
of eighteen years, and that the consent of ( b )

whose consent to this marriage is required by law
has been duly given and obtained thereto.)

AndImake the foregoing declarations conscientiously believ-
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ing the same to be true, pursuant to the provisions of the Marriage
Act, well knowing that every person who knowingly or wilfully
makes a false declaration, or who signs any false notice for the
purpose of procuring any marriage under the provisions of the
said Act, shall suffer the penalties of perjury.

In witness thereoEhave hereunto set and subscribed my hand
We our hands

this day of 19 .

(Signed.)

Declare before me this day of

(Signed.)

(a) The names and particulars relating to the man should
be first entered in the several columns, and then the names,
&c., of the woman placed below.

(6) Insert party's name.

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FORM D (S. 44)

Form of Registrar-General's Certificate

I Registrar-General of Antigua
and Barbuda do hereby certify that on the day of

the following notice was duly entered
in the marriage notice book (here copy notice omitting the declara-
tions at foot thereof).

The issue of this certificate has not been objected to by any
person (or has been objected to, but such objection has been
over-ruled).

This certificate will be void unless the marriage is solemnized
or celebrated within three calendar months after the date of the
entry of the notice, namely, on or before the
day of

(Signed.)

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t
th

e
tim

e
of


M

ar
ri

ag
e.



A
ge

.
A

ft
er

B
an

ns
o

r
L

ic
en

ce
o

r
R

eg
is

tr
ar

-G
en

er
al

's


C
er

ti
fi

ca
te

.

C
on

di
ti

on


C
on

se
nt

b
y

w
ho

m


gi
ve

n,
o

r
Ju

dg
e'

s
O

rd
er

.

F
O

R
M

F


D
U

P
L

IC
A

T
E

O
R

IG
IN

A
L

R
E

G
IS

T
E

R


19


.
M

ar
ri

ag
es

S
o

le
m

n
iz

ed
o

r
C

el
eb

ra
te

d
a

t
in

P
ar

is
h

o
f

(S
.

53
.)



19


.

M
ar

ri
ed

a
t

in
t

h
e

P
ar

is
h

a
fo

re
sa

id
,

af
te

r
,

b
y

m
e

(S
ig

ne
d)


. . .

. . .
. . .

. . .
. . .

. . .
. . .

. . .
. . .

. . .
. . .


M

ar
ri

ag
e

O
ff

ic
er

(
or

R
eg

is
tr

ar
-G

en
er

al
).



T
h

is
M

ar
ri

ag
e

w
as

s
ol

em
ni

ze
d

o
r

ce
le

br
at

ed


be
tw

ee
n

u
s

I in the
p

re
se

nc
e

of
u

s

E
x

am
in

ed
w

it
h

t
h

e
O

ri
g

in
al

R
eg

is
te

r
an

d
f

ou
nd


to

b
e

co
rr

ec
t-


[
I

M
ar

ri
ag

e
O

ff
ic

er
(

o
r

R
eg

is
tr

ar
-G

en
er

al
).



R
es

id
en

ce
a

t
th

e
ti

m
e

of


M
ar

ri
ag

e.


N
o.


N

am
es

a
nd


S

ur
na

m
es

.
W

he
n

M
ar

ri
ed

.
A

ft
er

B
an

ns
o

r
L

ic
en

ce
o

r
~

~
~

i
~

t
~

~
~

-
~

~
~

~
~

~
l

'
~


C

er
ti

fi
ca

te
.

A
ge

.
C

on
se

nt
,

by
w

ho
m


gi

ve
n,

O
r

ju
dg

e'
^

O
rd

er
.

C
on

di
ti

on
.

R
an

k
P

ro
fe

ss
io

n
or


O

cc
up

at
io

n.


F
O

R
M

G


(S
.

56
.)



F
O

R
M

O
F

M
A

R
R

IA
G

E
R

E
G

IS
T

E
R

A
N

D
D

U
P

L
IC

A
T

E
O

R
IG

IN
A

L
M

A
R

R
IA

G
E

R
E

G
IS

T
E

R


(M
A

R
R

IA
G

E
I

N
A

R
T

IC
U

L
O

M
O

R
T

IS
)

M
ar

ri
ed

a
t

in
t

he
P

ar
is

h
of


by

m
e

,
a

M
ar

ri
ag

e
O

ff
ic

er
o

f
A

n
ti

g
u

a
an

d
B

ar
b

u
d

a.


N
o.



T
h

is
M

ar
ri

ag
e

w
as


so

le
m

ni
ze

d
be

tw
ee

n
us



N
am

es
a

nd


S
ur

na
m

es
.

W
he

n
M

ar
ri

ed
.

I in the
p

re
se

nc
e

of


us


(a
)

[ I
c

on
se

nt
ed


to

t
h

e
m

ar
ri

ag
e

of


(S
ig

ne
d)

]


I
he

re
by

c
er

ti
fy

t
h

at
i

m
m

ed
ia

te
ly

b
ef

or
e

th
e

so
le

m
ni

za
ti

on
o

f
th

is
m

ar
ri

ag
e,

t
he

s
ai

d
he


h

im


so
le

m
nl

y
de

cl
ar

ed
t

o
m

e
in

t
he

p
re

se
nc

e
of

t
he

w
it

ne
ss

es
w

ho
h

av
e

at
te

st
ed

t
hi

s
m

ar
ri

ag
e

th
at

s
he

b
el

ie
ve

d
h

er


se
lf

t
o

be
a

t
th

e
po

in
t

of
d

ea
th

.

T
h

is


d
ay

o
f

,
19


.

(a
)

A
dd

i
f

ci
rc

um
st

an
ce

s
re

qu
ir

e.


M
ar

ri
ag

e
O

ff
ic

er


C
on

di
ti

on
.

R
an

k
Pr

of
es

si
on

o
r

O
cc

up
at

io
n.


A

ge
s.


Pa

ri
sh

a
nd


R

es
id

en
ce

a
t

an
d

tim
e

of


M
ar

ri
ag

e.


F
at

he
r's

n
am

e
an

d
S

ur
na

m
e.



LAWS OF ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

Marriage (CAP. 261 3 7

FORM H (S. 56.)

I Medical
Practitioner, having been in attendance on
certify that in my opinion the said
is in articulo mortis.

(Signed.)

SECOND SCHEDULE (S. 26)

CONSENT REQUIRED T O THE MARRIAGE
OF A MINOR

Consent to the marriage of a minor shall be obtained in ac-
cordance with the following provisions-

(a) if both the minor's parents are alive and living
together, consent shall be obtained from both parents;

(b) if the minor's parents are living apart and he is living
with one parent, consent shall be obtained from the parent
with whom he is living;

(G) if the parents are living apart and the minor is not
living with either, consent shall be obtained from both parents
unless the consent of one parent is dispensed with by a Judge
of the High Court;

(4 if one of the parents is dead, consent shall be obtained
from the surviving parent and any other person who is the
legal guardian of the minor;

(e ) if both parents are dead consent shall be obtained
from any person who is the legal guardian of the minor.

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