Civil marriage

Marriage as in institution

Marriage is the union of two people aimed at mutual solidarity, child support and education. On the emotional level it is therefore the crowning of a promise of love. Legally speaking, marriage is an agreement to which the law recognises a contract value, binding on the contract parties and on the whole society. 

When the marriage is celebrated in front of the Civil Registrar, it is defined as civil marriage, it’s subjected to the rules established by the Italian civil code and special laws, and it has no value in the religious sphere. According to the law, marriage is a legal transaction made to create a solid, sure, and lasting bond between two people of the opposite sex, that want to share the same life plan. For this reason, marriage is indirectly protected by constitutional rules and expressly by the Italian Civil Code (artt. 82 ss. c.c). Legitimate family is formed by marriage, as well as the status of spouse. 

A marriage can exist only under specific conditions: different sex between husband and wife, free and mutual manifestation of will and exchange of consent in front of the Registrar.

Marriage can be celebrated only between people who are at least 18 years old. With explicit authorisation, marriage can be celebrated when one subject is 16 years old, after verification and evaluation by the competent court (legal entity of emancipation).

From the bond of marriage come many property relationships, rights and obligations between husband and wife and between parents and children (artt. 143 ss. c.c.).

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