This post, with updated legal requirements for Ecuadorian visas for permanent residency, has been contributed by Nelson Idrovo, Attorney at Law. Along with his wife Grace Velastegui, Nelson runs Idrovo & Velastegui – a Cuenca Law Office.
Do I Have to Register My Marriage in Ecuador?
We have had many inquiries from clients and friends regarding the necessity to register your marriage in Ecuador due to rumors and some written information circulating in the expat community and would like to publicly answer this question.
The statement that it is the law and obligation to register your marriage is simply for promotional purposes and is not only false, but misleading.
It is not a law nor is it obligatory to register your marriage in Ecuador.
Not having a marriage registered does not affect your residency or property rights. Ecuadorian law recognizes your civil status even if you present a foreign Marriage Certificate and it does not need to be registered in Ecuador to obtain this recognition. A clear example is if you already have Ecuadorian residency, you can look at your cedulas and note your civil status is stated and, if married, your mate’s name is listed.
Should I Register My Marriage in Ecuador?
We suggest to our clients to register their marriage in Ecuador as a convenience in the event that in the future they need to obtain a copy of their marriage certificate, having it registered would facilitate getting a copy instead of trying to obtain one from their home country, but again, it is not a law to do so.
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