You’ve found your life partner and want to get married, but don’t know whether you can or how to go about it. You should know that the legal framework is very detailed when it comes to the marital rights. These rights are enshrined in the Law on Family. You must be 18 years old in order to get married. You are allowed to marry whoever you want and choose, regardless of what your family might think, but there are some expectations. You cannot marry someone that has not reached the maturity age, although in some cases a court may allow persons over 16 to marry if it concludes that the person has reached physical and psychological maturity. The court would need to get an opinion from the minor’s parents and the Center for Social Work in such a case. You also cannot marry people with whom you are closely related by blood. In addition, you cannot marry anyone who is already married, either in Kosovo or in another country.
You need to file the marriage request in your municipality and bring a set of documents for both you and your partner (birth certificate, IDs, certificate of marital status, two witnesses with IDs). Civil register office decides on the marriage date in agreement with the applicant.
Your municipality might conclude that there is some element in your marriage application which does not allow you to get married. In that case you can request from the municipal registrar to give you a written reasoning for this decision. You can file a complaint within eight days period from the moment when you were issued the written decision. You can also file a case with a Competent Court.