Marriage is that sacrament by which a baptised man and woman are bound together by vows to an exclusive lifelong commitment to one another and to accepting and raising children. In the sacrament God gives grace for the fulfilment of these duties 

God created human beings as male and female and this is the natural basis of marriage.  Marriage is naturally monogamous and indissoluble but due to the Fall, and against God’s intentions, polygamy and divorce have often been tolerated.

“From the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female’. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.  So they are no longer two but one flesh.  What therefore God has joined together, let no man put asunder

When a man and woman are baptised, they become members of the Church which is the ‘Bride of Christ’. It is this relationship with Christ and his Church which gives marriage a Christian character. This connection with Christ and the Church implies Joy, sacrifice and Fruitfulness.

The sacrament of marriage is one of vocation.  In order for spouses to confer the sacrament on one another, the must vow freely, have no impediments (such as previous valid marriages), be committed to one another for life and be open to children from God.  Following the established rite, each must say, “I take you…” in the presence of a priest and witness.

(Mk 10:2-9)

 

A Catholic my seek a civil divorce for grave reason, but is not free to remarry unless it can be shown that, for some reason, the first marriage was not valid. An annulment (add link) is recognition by the Church that there was never a valid marriage.

Marriage - Requirements

Your Parish Priest must fill out the M1 form.

Copies of your birth, Baptismal and Confirmation certificates.

A signed statement of Freedom to Marry by the parish priest of both parties.

A Certificate of Participation in a programme of preparation for marriage.

In the event that party contracted a previous marriage, a death certificate or a declaration of Nullity is required as the case may be.

A testimonial letter from your Bishop

Your Bishop must send all these documents to the Bishop of Bridgetown. Mailing address:

Bishop's House, Ladymeade Gardens, P.O Box 1223, Bridgetown BB11000, Barbados, West Indies.

Civil Requirements – Supplied by the Ministry of Home Affairs 

Application for a marriage Licence must be made by both parties in person at the office of the Ministry of Home Affairs 5th Fl, General Post Office Building, Cheapside, Bridgetown, Tel (246) 228-8950.

Documents Required

(a)        Valid Passport in respect of non-nationals or the original or certified copies of the applicants’ birth certificates, and identification cards in     respect of nationals.

(b)       If either party was married previously and widowed, a certified copy of the marriage certificate and death in respect of the deceased spouse; 

(c)        If either party was divorced, an original Decree Absolute or Final Judgment or certified copies of these documents. 

The Decree Nisi is not accepted.

Additional Requirements

Persons who have been granted Barbadian citizenship-either by descent or registration, immigration status or permanent residence, are required to produce the original document issued by the Immigration Department of Barbados or passport in which the relevant information has been stamped.

Non-nationals who have been granted work permits must produce the passport showing that a work permit was issued to them, or the relevant document issued by the Immigration Department, not the application form or receipt.

Please note that a work permit does not confer status and should be valid at the time of application.

All documents not in English must be accompanied by a translation certified by an authorized Notary Public (NOT a Justice of the Peace).

Marriage of Minors

Persons under age sixteen (16) years cannot be legally married in Barbados. For persons between the ages of sixteen (16) and eighteen (18) years, the consent of both parents must be obtained and both parents must be present at the time of application.

Failing this, a Judge in Barbados, on application being made to him, may exercise his discretion to dispense with consent.

Persons eighteen (18) years of age and older do not require parental consent.

Licence Fees

Please obtain from the Ministry

Prior arrangements

Arrangements should be made with a Marriage Officer (a Magistrate or a Minister of Religion authorized to be a Marriage Officer in Barbados) prior to the completion of an application form for the Marriage Licence. A letter from the Marriage Officer who has consented to perform the marriage ceremony should be presented at the time of filing the application. 

A non-resident Minister of Religion, who is requested to solemnize a marriage in Barbados, may be appointed as a temporary Marriage Officer in Barbados. Information outlining this procedure can be obtained by contacting the Ministry of Home Affairs. 

A marriage may be solemnized immediately after the issue of the Licence.

Ministry of Home Affairs office hours

Applications for marriage licences must be made between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Civil Marriage 

Separate fees are payable in respect of civil marriage ceremonies.

Please obtain from the Ministry, as fees differ in the following cases.

Where at least one party is a citizen or permanent resident of, or immigrant of Barbados;

 

Where neither party is a citizen or permanent resident of, or immigrant of Barbados;

 

Marriage Certificate

The fees are payable upon application for a copy of the marriage certificate which can be obtained from the Registration Department.

The Registration Department is located at the below address:

 

Registrar of the Supreme Court

Registration Department

Whitepark Road

Bridgetown

Barbados

Telephone No.                (246) 426 3461

                                    (246) 426 2405

 

Registration Department office hours

Monday to Friday 8. 30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Please note that the information supplied under civil requirements was supplied by the Administrative Officer of the Ministry of Home Affairs and are supplied here purely for information purposes. Please address any questions you have direct to the Ministry.

Marriage - contact

St Patrick's Cathedral, Jemmott’s Lane, St. Michael is located on the outskirts of the capital, Bridgetown.  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  (Fr. Charles Dominique,

Tel: (246) 426 2325 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

 

Our Lady Queen of the Universe, Black Rock, St Michael

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (Msgr. Vincent Harcourt Blackett

Tel: (246) 427 2241 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

 

St Francis of Assisi, Mount Standfast, St. James and like the Cathedral shares a very scenic view of the coastline. (Fr. Michael Barrow, Tel: (246) 422 2431)

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Our Lady of Sorrows Ashton Hall, St. Peter is in St Peter (Fr. Grzegorz Marczuk

 Tel: (246) 428-7677 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

 

St. Dominic’s Maxwell Main Road, Christ Church   Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

(Fr. Andrew Nyga (246) 428 7677 Church/271 0692 Home 

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Our Lady of the Rosary, Verdun, St John. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 (Fr. Clement Paul Tel: (246) 426 2325) E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  )

 

Sacred Heart of Jesus, Grove Plantation, St. Philip.

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(Fr. Clement Paul Tel: (246) 426 2325) E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  )

 

With the exception of the Cathedral and St Francis all the others are more inland but all have their own beauty.

Please contact the parish priest at the church of your choice to discuss matters including fees.