|Marrying a Swiss abroad|
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The conditions for the celebration of marriage abroad may differ from one country to another. If there is no treaty between Switzerland and the foreign country, private international law applies. Each country possesses its own private international law, and, as a result, it would hardly be feasible to list all of the specific provisions of each country on this Web site.
Swiss Private International Law (LDIP) advises solely on Swiss recognition conditions relating to marriages held abroad.
Prior to a marriage abroad, you must consult the private international law of the chosen country to find out the conditions to be met and the applicable judicial regulations. This informed outlook will help you choose a solution that best suits your needs. In fact, the applicable matrimonial regime will be the one you will have chosen (written agreement, marriage contract). You may choose between the law of the country in which both of you are residing and the law of the country of which one of you is a citizen. You may modify your selection at any time. In general, if you have not expressed a choice, the law of the country of residence applies. To obtain information on the provisions prescribed by Swiss law, consult the section on “Marrying a Swiss in Switzerland”.
The procedures may differ according to country. We therefore recommend that you contact the appropriate country’s consular or diplomatic representative in Switzerland beforehand to determine exactly which documents are required. As a general rule, the Swiss spouse will be asked to present the following:
Recognition of marriage
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