Marriage on the Costa del Sol

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The formalities of marriage in Spain are not too complicated; and you can decide to get married under the law of your home country or the Spanish law.

Although statistics show a significant decrease in marriages for the last decade – around a 25% drop in civil marriages and 52% in religious ceremonies - this is mostly due to changes in customs and lifestyle rather than a result of legal or bureaucratic difficulties. Many couples simply live together, and some others register as de facto couples in order to increase their security and rights – especially when they have children.

gay marriageEven so, marriages are not in danger of disappearing, and a high number of couples marry every year in Spain. As we are blessed with such good weather most of the year, outdoor ceremonies accompanied by large groups of family and friends are the favourite of both Spanish and foreign couples.

Same-sex marriage has also been legal in Spain since 2005 and, although the law was very controversial at the time, it is normal practice nowadays and same-sex couples have the same rights and obligations as any other married couple.

See our Guide to Sex and Sexuality on the Costa del Sol for more details.

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John Howell

6 December 2016


This guide was co-authored by John Howell (Email: John.Howell@Guides.Global or John@jhco.org. Web: www.jhco.org or www.Guides.Global)


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