Kentucky State Marriage Law & Information
Kentucky Marriage Law
Who may solemnize marriage -- Persons present.
- Marriage shall be solemnized only by:
- Ministers of the gospel or priests of any denomination in regular communion with any religious society;
- Justices and judges of the Court of Justice, retired justices and judges of the Court of Justice except those removed for cause or convicted of a felony, county judges/executive, and such justices of the peace and fiscal court commissioners as the Governor or the county judge/executive authorizes; or
- A religious society that has no officiating minister or priest and whose usage is to solemnize marriage at the usual place of worship and by consent given in the presence of the society, if either party belongs to the society.
- At least two (2) persons, in addition to the parties and the person solemnizing the marriage, shall be present at every marriage.
Effective: July 15, 1996
Marriage not invalid for want of authority to solemnize.
No marriage solemnized before any person professing to have authority therefor shall be invalid for the want of such authority, if it is consummated with the belief of the parties, or either of them, that he had authority and that they have been lawfully married.
Effective: October 1, 1942
History: Recodified 1942 Ky. Acts ch. 208, sec. 1, effective October 1, 1942, from Ky. Stat. sec. 2102.
Marriage License Agency: County Clerk
Common Law: No
Civil Union: No
Duration of Marriage Licence: 30 Days
- Kentucky State Legistature
- Kentucky State Attorney General
- Kentucky State Governor's Office
- Kentucky State Supreme Court
- Kentucky State Department of Health