Marriage in Jordan

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Jordan’s Marriage Laws

Only Muslim and Christian marriages may be conducted in Jordan.  Jordanian law does not permit civil marriages or marriages in other faiths.  Jordanian law permits Muslim men to marry non-Muslim women, but does not permit Muslim women to marry non-Muslim men.  Muslim marriage rites must be performed by a sheikh according to the laws of the Sharia Court.  Christian marriage rites must be performed by an appropriate church official according to the laws of the Ecclesiastical Court.  The U.S. Embassy cannot perform marriages.

Polygamy is legal for Muslim men.  Second and subsequent spouses are not generally recognized by the U.S. government, though.

If you want to marry in Jordan, you must present evidence of marital status before your wedding.  You should start this process at least two weeks before your wedding or it may be delayed.  Visit our U.S. Citizen Services Navigator and select Notarial Services and Proof of Marital Status for information about how the U.S. Embassy may be able to assist you with this requirement.

Jordan’s Divorce Laws

Divorce is only permitted in the limited circumstances allowed by the religious law of the faith which consecrated the marriage.  For more information on divorce in Jordan contact a lawyer or appropriate religious authority.

U.S. Marriages and Divorces

For information on how to legalize your U.S. marriage certificate or divorce order for use in Jordan, please visit our U.S. Citizen Services Navigator and select Notarial Services and Legalize a U.S.-Issued Document.  The U.S. Embassy cannot assist you until you first have document legalized by the U.S. state which issued the document and the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC.

Visas

The American Citizen Services Unit cannot assist with visa applications, schedule visa interview, or request a specific visa be approved or denied.  Visit the visa page for information about visas for spouses/fiancé(e)s.