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Offline Baby Farts

Here is how this person explains how to get married in Thailand....he fails to mention anything about a criminal history or anything like that. This is still great information to know.  Listen VERY carefully to what he says in this award winning video.

Looks like the excessive drinking is taking a toll on him.

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dirtydog

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Re: Korat's legal expert explains how to get married in Thailand
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2011, 04:28:34 PM »
He doesn't look too healthy, then again living with the memory of stabbing your own mother to death must take a toll.
 

Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Korat's legal expert explains how to get married in Thailand
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2011, 05:38:59 PM »
One thing I would advise a person who wants to get married in Thailand is to not listen to anybody from another country pretending to be an expert in Thai law, but to ask  first at the Amphur here in Thailand where you plan to marry. If you have some recent official document from your home country that shows your marital status as not married, like for example the receipt from the registration of a new residence, it's sufficient to have that translated to Thai and this translation confirmed by any embassy or consulate of a country with the official language the original is in. Then that confirmed translation must be legalized by the Office of Foreign Affairs. Then they'll be happy to bond you at the Amphur, asking only for your passport and that legalized paper.

If you happen to go to an embassy first, they might make you go through a lot of paperwork about your wife-to-be you have to submit to your home country to get permission (like a "marriage license") from there to marry her. And they'll charge you a handsome amount of money for that in addition to let you wait for a couple of months. To marry in Thailand you don't need permission from your home country that your wife-to-be is suitable for you. But your embassy has to treat you like you would marry in your home country, even if it's not their say at all under Thai law.
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sicho

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Re: Korat's legal expert explains how to get married in Thailand
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2011, 10:33:59 PM »
If that's him he has aged in the last few months.

The process is easier than he says . See an agent in BKK who will get the affirmation for you, translate it and, the next day, take you to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where the translation will be verified and the marriage done all at the same time. If you do this alone you will wait three days for the translation - a bigger hotel bill or travel to and fro'. The cost of going solo is about the same as paying an agent and more stressful. Believe me, I've done it and know what I'm talking about.

A curse on amateurs who give poppycock advice. They lead people up the garden path.
 

Offline audi

Re: Korat's legal expert explains how to get married in Thailand
« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2011, 10:40:57 PM »
Very interesting!
 

Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Korat's legal expert explains how to get married in Thailand
« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2011, 10:49:16 PM »
At the time I married (1990) I went to my embassy and made a prepared sworn statement (notarized), written down in Thai and German, that I didn't know of any legal obstacles that could keep me from getting married to my wife-to be. Next day we were married at the Amphur Muang in Korat. By then it was as easy as that. But they changed the law a couple of times since then. That's why it's important to ask at the Amphur, what documents are needed now. By now it's really complicated and expensive getting the "Ehefähigkeitszeugnis" (like marriage license) from the German Embassy, and it takes at least two months, since it has to be checked and approved by the city of your last residence.. The plain document like residence registration from the hometown that shows your marital status, translated, translation certified and then legalized by the MFA has proven to be the cheaper and faster way to follow the Thai law. I do know quite a few who did this recently and had no problems.
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sicho

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Re: Korat's legal expert explains how to get married in Thailand
« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2011, 11:21:04 PM »
It's really good to get accurate and practical information from those who really know.
 

Offline Baby Farts

Re: Korat's legal expert explains how to get married in Thailand
« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2011, 01:26:21 AM »
Saf,

Make no doubts, that's him. 

His opening statement, "There are two types of marriages in Thailand." Then he refers to a Buddhist ceremony. The "ceremony" as he puts it, has NOTHING to do with getting legally married in Thailand other than to show face and go through the motions .  How many different religions are there?....and types of ceremonies?  He states there are only two in Thailand.  He is confusing ceremonies with REGISTRATION of a marriage which DOES NOT require any ceremony whatsoever except the proper documents.

It's about going down to the Amphur and REGISTERING your marriage.  In fact, if you have the proper documents, you can skip the ceremony and just head to the Amphur to register your marriage.  A ceremony doesn't mean sh.t to them.

There's another part he left out of his speech and that is your visa status...Not to mention that your newly wed bride must also have HER documents when she goes to the Amphur to get a marriage certificate. Then there's the trip to immigration to change your visa status to a Non-O if you wish to do so.

He's left out a lot of important info in his video. It took me two...TWO days to get my documentation.  First was the trip to Bangkok to get the letter from the embassy, then get it translated, and sent to the Ministry of foreign affairs, obtain the document from them (one with the green seal on it).  The US embassy will give you a certified list of Thai translation services who will not only translate for you, but take it over to the Ministry of foreign affairs.  I arrived at BBK at 9am and was on my way back to Korat at 4pm.  The next day, the wife and I went to the Amphur and received our marriage certificate....then headed out to immigration to have my visa changed to a Non-O. Never once, was the "ceremony" an issue.
 

sicho

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Re: Korat's legal expert explains how to get married in Thailand
« Reply #8 on: September 01, 2011, 08:00:43 AM »
I saw a Christian wedding ceremony recently. So that's another one. Then there is Islam and others. The ceremonies of each are important to the participants but have no legal significance and that needs to be understood.
 

Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Korat's legal expert explains how to get married in Thailand
« Reply #9 on: September 01, 2011, 09:08:59 AM »
When my wife and I married in Korat the official at the Amphur Muang asked us whether we wanted to have an agreement about keeping our fortunes separate, a prenuptial, registered as well. We both declined, and the 21 years since then have proven that decision right. But that is where lawyers do cash in, not telling people they can do that at the amphur without paying a lawyer. So, if you plan to make a prenuptial agreement with your wife-to-be, also do ask at the Amphur whether they can provide you with that service before stumbling into a greedy lawyer's high-cost trap.
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