Marriage under the ordinance is the civil union available to any Ghanaian to take advantage of, and despite some confusion, it is entirely secular and not religious (Christian) at all.

This is governed by Marriages Act (Cap 127) and is the only, strictly monogamous legal means of marriage in Ghana. Those intending to get married are required to give notice to the marriage registrar in the district where the marriage is going to occur. The registrar would then publish a notice of marriage and then issue a certificate after 21 days if no objection is raised.

The marriage certificate must then be presented to a licensed marriage officer, after which the couple must get married within three months or that certificate becomes null and void.

Types: (1)Registrar's Certificate (2) Special License

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    The applicant may obtain the prescribed declaration form and complete it with the assistance of the marriage registrar.

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    A question of consent or declaration to be considered

    Have the couple ever been married under the ordinance law?

    If YES...? Kindly state the reason.

    If this is the case, an English-language divorce or death certificate is required

    To begin the registration process, the couple must be present

    Together with being of sound mind, the couple must be at least 18 years old

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    When celebrating a marriage at the Registrar General's Department, two witnesses from each side of the couple are required

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    Timeframe: Marriage must be celebrated within 20 days after the start date

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    When a foreigner is involved:

    >> In the absence of Ghanaian citizenship, the couple is required to present a valid residence permit or remain in the country for a minimum of 15 working days

    >> However, if one Ghanaian is involved, the above requirement is not necessary.