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Marriage in Thailand: who and where?

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I am asking the following questions because our amphoe, in Sisaket, having never delt with a marriage involving a farang, hasn't the slightest idea of how to proceed (procedure, documents required...). 

 

The first question is: who is legally authorized to marry a Thai woman with a farang? 

 

The second question is: where can the marriage be set? Does it have to be in the province where the Thai woman is registered, or can it be anywhere in the country? 

 

Thanks for the input of members having first hand experience with this issue. 

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Afaik you can marry at any amphoe, so just let your girlfriend call the surrounding amphoes and choose the one which sounds the easiest.

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18 minutes ago, Brunolem said:

The second question is: where can the marriage be set? Does it have to be in the province where the Thai woman is registered, or can it be anywhere in the country

Sounds like you are a bit of a Newbie or your future partner has no family (which is doubtful).

The Buddhist ceremony is very important and a tradition to all Thais I have known.  The marriage is almost always in the village - baan where the parents live or she grew up.   

You should concentrate on having the best Buddhist wedding and celebration/party with family and friends, this is the enjoyable, unique tradition of the Thai wedding IMO. 

 

You can always "register" at an amphoe sometime later. 

Cynically, this is why so many thai men can walk away from their "marriages". They never registered.

Maybe future wife wants to make sure cannot, this is a warning sign in my opinion.

Of course, my experience with divorce from a thai woman does make me cynical/opinionated

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7 hours ago, IraqRon said:

Hard to understand that the Sisaket amphoe has never done a falang/thai marriage registration.  I know of many falangs registered there and read of many more here on tv.

That area is known for scheming women after a falang or two or three.  Maybe the folks at that amphore know something you don't know and are trying to help you.

 

Agree 100%....many falang living there...luckily I escaped my SiSaket "lady" many years ago :thumbsup:

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1 hour ago, Skallywag said:

Sounds like you are a bit of a Newbie or your future partner has no family (which is doubtful).

The Buddhist ceremony is very important and a tradition to all Thais I have known.  The marriage is almost always in the village - baan where the parents live or she grew up.   

You should concentrate on having the best Buddhist wedding and celebration/party with family and friends, this is the enjoyable, unique tradition of the Thai wedding IMO. 

 

You can always "register" at an amphoe sometime later. 

Cynically, this is why so many thai men can walk away from their "marriages". They never registered.

Maybe future wife wants to make sure cannot, this is a warning sign in my opinion.

Of course, my experience with divorce from a thai woman does make me cynical/opinionated

Actually we have been married, in front of the Buddha, for 20 years already... including the ceremony with the family and all the village... and the money of course... 

 

Now, we are concerned only with the second part of your comment, the registration issue. 

 

Why only now? 

 

Because I recently retired, and I am quite older than my wife, thus being officially married will entitle her to a share of my pension once I meet my maker. 

 

This is the only reason... 

 

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55 minutes ago, IraqRon said:

Hard to understand that the Sisaket amphoe has never done a falang/thai marriage registration.  I know of many falangs registered there and read of many more here on tv.

That area is known for scheming women after a falang or two or three.  Maybe the folks at that amphore know something you don't know and are trying to help you.

 

Your comment shows that you are not aware of the Thai administrative structure, and that maybe you should refrain to write nonsense. 

 

There is no such thing as a Sisaket amphoe. 

 

Sisaket is a province, divided in a number of amphoes, each of them having its own administration. 

 

It happens that the amphoe where we live is quite remote... as a matter of fact I don't know of any other farang living around... and everytime I ask for something (a yellow book recently), it is quite a panic because they have no experience with such issues. 

 

 

 

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yes, I do know that the amphoe is the district, I was refering to any amphoe in that Provence.

 

If that one you are in is so remote then you can follow the advice given as to finding another with the ability to register you.  In my local amphoe they tried to act dumb for both the registration and later the blue book, at times I wish I had taken what I think was a hint.  They renigged when forcefully confronted by the then wife.

 

Good luck to you in your marriage, sincerly.  Not always easy to live full time in a remote village or even one 24 kilos from the prov. capital as I do.

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1 hour ago, Brunolem said:

 being officially married will entitle her to a share of my pension once I meet my maker. 

 

This is the only reason... 

 

Are you receiving US social security? Available to first wife only I believe. I was just reading on here that pensions in UK are not given to wives in Thailand. Just curious if government or private pension. Wish I had a pension to offer, maybe help me find more permanent companion 5555. Good luck sir. Good to know difference between amphoe and district, province

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A foreign born spouse can receive her decease husbands SS payments based on marriage if they have resided as a married couple in the US for a minimum of 5 years. She can also receive them if she has US citizenship. There are some exclusions receiving benefits outside the US. 

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17 minutes ago, tweedledee2 said:

A foreign born spouse can receive her decease husbands SS payments based on marriage if they have resided as a married couple in the US for a minimum of 5 years. She can also receive them if she has US citizenship. There are some exclusions receiving benefits outside the US. 

But only if she is the first wife is what I have been told. And married for at least 10 years? Oh well I guess that ship has sailed

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6 hours ago, Brunolem said:

Actually we have been married, in front of the Buddha, for 20 years already... including the ceremony with the family and all the village... and the money of course... 

 

Now, we are concerned only with the second part of your comment, the registration issue. 

 

Why only now? 

 

Because I recently retired, and I am quite older than my wife, thus being officially married will entitle her to a share of my pension once I meet my maker. 

 

This is the only reason... 

 

Unless I am mistaken, you are not married. Not recognised anywhere as being married. ..🤔

Did you get Kor Ror 3 marriage certificates via the process you took....?

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8 hours ago, transam said:

My now Mrs.Trans lived in Ubon, but I had to go to BKK to the British Embassy to sort the paperwork.

So we went to the Embassy to be met outside by a lady explaining that for a fee she will do everything, including the actual marriage at a local place.

I/we did nothing, took two days in all, with her even sorting the taxi..

 

It cost me 8000bht at the time, which was a little over a 100 quid, a bargain...😇

8000baht a little over a 100 quid ? When was this 1840 ???? 

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