Registration of Marriage
Parties applying for marriage registration shall truthfull yprovide to marriage registration authorities relevant certificates and documents stipulated in these Regulations and shall not conceal the truth.
In handling marriage registration, marriage registration authorities shall not require applicants to provide any certificate and document not stipulated in these Regulations.
Both parties intending to get married must appear in person at the marriage registration authority in the place where either of the parties has his/her residence registration and apply for marriage registration. On application, they shall hold the following certificates and documents:
(1) Certificate of each applicant's residence registration;
(2) Resident identity cards of each applicant; and
(3) Marital status certification issued by each applicant's unit, villagers committee or residents committee.
A divorced person shall be required to hold his/her divorce certificate.
In places practicing pre-marital health check-ups, parties applying for marriage registration must go to the designated medical care institution for pre-marital health check-ups and present the pre-marital health check-up report to the marriage registration authority.
A system of pre-marital health check-ups shall be set up in places where the conditions have been fulfilled. Areas to be decided to practice pre-marital health check-ups shall be proposed by civil affairs departments and public health departments of people's governments in provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the Central Government and be reported to the people's governments at the same level for approval.
Marriage registration authorities shall examine applications for marriage registration and shall promptly grant registration and issue marriage certificates to those applicants who conform to the marriage conditions. For a divorced person, his/her divorce certificate shall be revoked. The husband-and-wife relationship shall be established as soon as they acquire the marriage certificates.
If either of the parties applying for marriage registration falls under any of the following categories, the marriage registration authority shall not register their marriage.
(1) Not reaching the legally marriageable age;
(2) Not based upon willingness;
(3) Already having a spouse;
(4) If the parties are lineal relatives by blood, or collateral relatives by blood up to the third degree of kinship; or
(5) Suffering from a disease with which a person is prohibited from marriage or postponed to be married as stipulated by law.
Where parties applying for marriage registration are interfered with by their units or a third party and this enables them not to obtain the required documents, the marriage registration authority shall grant registration after confirming that they really conform to the marriage conditions.
Both parties intending a divorce must appear in person at the marriage registration authority in the place where either of the parties has his/her residence registration and apply for divorce registration. On application, they shall hold the following certificates and documents:
(1) Certificates of each applicant's resident registration;
(2) Resident identity cards of each applicant;
(3) Introduction letters issued by each applicant's unit, villagers committee or residents committee;
(4) The divorce agreement; and
(5) The marriage certificate.
A divorce agreement shall clearly contain matters agreed upon between both parties regarding their intentions of divorce, fostering of children, economic aid for difficulties in living of the husband or the wife and disposal of property and debts. The contents of such an agreement shall be conducive to the protection of legitimate rights and interests of women and children.