Marriage Law Mississippi

MARRIAGE PROCEDURE IN MISSISSIPPI

The marriage law in Mississippi is governed by the Title 93 of the Mississippi Code as revised from time to time. The code, enunciate the complete procedure of marriage in the state.

INCESTUOUS AND VOID MARRIAGES

The son shall not marry his grandmother, his mother, or his stepmother; the brother his sister; the father his daughter, or his legally adopted daughter, or his grand-daughter; the son shall not marry the daughter of his father begotten of his stepmother, or his aunt, being his father's or mother's sister, nor shall the children of brother or sister, or brothers and sisters intermarry being first cousins by blood.

The father shall not marry his son's widow; a man shall not marry his wife's daughter, or his wife's daughter's daughter, or his wife's son's daughter, or the daughter of his brother or sister; and the like prohibition shall extend to females in the same degrees. All marriages contrary to above are incestuous and void.

Any marriage between persons of the same gender is prohibited and null and void from the beginning. Any marriage between persons of the same gender that is valid in another jurisdiction does not constitute a legal or valid marriage in Mississippi.

MARRIAGE LICENSE

The circuit court clerk issue a marriage license after the following conditions precedent have been complied with:

  1. Parties desiring a marriage license shall make application therefor in writing to the clerk of the Circuit Court of any county in the state of Mississippi.
  2. If the female applicant shall be under the age of twenty-one (21) years and shall be a resident of the state of Mississippi, said application shall be made to the circuit court clerk of the county of residence of such female applicant. Said application shall be forthwith filed with the circuit court clerk and shall include the names, ages and addresses of the parties applying;
    1. the names and addresses of the parents of the parties applying,
    2. if no parents, then names and addresses of the guardian or next of kin;
    3. the signatures of witnesses; and
    4. any other data which may be required by law or the Mississippi State Board of Health.
    5. The application shall be sworn to by both applicants.

The application shall remain on file, open to the public, in the office of the circuit court clerk for a period of three (3) days before the clerk is authorized to issue the marriage license.

An affidavit showing the age of both applying parties shall be made by either the father, mother, guardian or next of kin of each of the contracting parties and filed with the clerk of the circuit court along with the application.

A medical certificate dated within thirty (30) days prior to the application shall be presented to the circuit court clerk showing that the applicant is free from syphilis, as nearly as can be determined by a blood test performed in a laboratory approved by the state board of health.

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED AND FEES TO BE PAID

The following documents are required for applying the marriage license:

  1. birth certificates,
  2. tax information,
  3. Social Security card
  4. a proof of identification and age (Picture id such as Drivers License),
  5. any information about previous marriages

A fee of $22 is to be paid in cash only at the time of applying for marriage license.

PERSONS AUTHORIZED TO SOLEMNIZE MARRIAGE

  1. The following persons are authorized by the law of the State to solemnize marriage:
  2. Any minister of the gospel ordained according to the rules of his church or society, in good standing;
  3. any Rabbi or other spiritual leader of any other religious body authorized under the rules of such religious body to solemnize rites of matrimony and being in good standing;
  4. any judge of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, circuit court, chancery court or county court may solemnize the rites of matrimony between any persons anywhere within this state who shall produce a license granted as herein directed.
  5. Justice court judges and members of the boards of supervisors may likewise solemnize the rites of matrimony within their respective counties.

SOLEMNIZATION OF MARRIAGE

It shall be lawful for a pastor of any religious society in this state to join together in marriage such persons of the society to whom a marriage license has been issued, according to the rules and customs established by the society.

The clerk or keeper of the minutes, proceedings, or other books of the religious society wherein such marriage shall be had and solemnized, shall make a true and faithful register of all marriages solemnized in the society, in a book kept by him for that purpose, and return a certificate of the same to the clerk of the circuit court of the county, to be by him recorded.
 
MISSISSIPPI COUNTY CLERK'S OFFICE
 
Adams County
Natchey, MS
601.446.6326

Alcorn County
Corinth, MS
601.286.7740

Amite County
Liberty, MS
601-657-8932

Attala County
Kosciusko, MS
601-289-1471

Benton County
Ashland, MS
601.224.6310

Bolivar County
Cleveland, MS
601.843.2061

Calhoun County
Pittsboro, MS
601.412.3101

Carroll County
Carrollton, MS
601.237.9274

Chickasay County
Houston, MS
601.456.2331

Claiborne County
Port Gibson, MS
601.437.5841

Clay County
West Point, MS
601.494.3384

Coahoma County
Clarksdale, MS
601.624.3000

Copiah County
Hazlehurst, MS
601.894.1241

Covington County
Collins, MS
601.765.6506

De Soto County
Hernando, MS
601.429.1325

Forrest County
Hattiesburg, MS
601.582.3213

Franklin County
Meadville, MS
601.384.2320

George County
Lucedale, MS
601.947.4881

Greene County
Leakesville, MS
601.394.2379

Grenada County
Grenada, MS
601.226.1941

Hancock County
Bay St. Louis, MS
228.467.5265

Harrison County
Gulfport, MS
228.865.4167

Hinds County
Raymond, MS
601.968.6653

Holmes County
Lexington, MS
601.834.2476

Itawamba County
Fulton, MS
601.862.3511

Jackson County
Pascagoula, MS
228.769.3039

Jefferson Davis County
Prentiss, MS
601.792.4231

Jones County
Laurel, MS
601.425.2556

Lafayette County
Oxford, MS
601.234.4951

Lamar County
Purvis, MS
601-794-8504

Lauderdale County
Meridian, MS
601.482.9731

Leake County
Carthage, MS
601.298.1302

Lee County
Tupelo, MS
601.841.9024

Leflore County
Greenwood, MS
601.453.1435

Lincoln County
Brookhaven, MS
601.835.3435

Lowndes County
Columbus, MS
601.329.5900

Madison County
Canton, MS
601.859.4365

Marion County
Columbia, MS
601.736.8246

Marshall County
Holly Springs, MS
601.252.3434

Monroe County
Aberdeen, MS
601.369.8695

Montgomery County
Winona, MS
601-283-4161

Neshoba County
Philadelphia, MS
601.656.4781

Newton County
Decatur, MS
601.635.2368

Noxubee County
Macon, MS
601.726.5737

Oktibbeha County
Starkville, MS
601.323.1356

Panola County
Batesville, MS
601.563.6210

Pearl River County
Polarville, MS
601.795.1235

Pike County
Magnolia, MS
601.783.2581

Prentiss County
Booneville, MS
601.728.4611

Quitman County
Marks, MS
601.326.8003

Rankin County
Brandon, MS
601.825.1466

Scott County
Forest, MS
601.469.3601

Simpson County
Mendenhall, MS
601.847.2474

Stone County
Wiggins, MS
601.928.5246

Sunflower County
Indianola, MS
601.887.1252

Tate County
Senatobia, MS
601.562.5211

Tishomingo County
Iuka, MS
601.423.7037

Union County
New Albany, MS
601.534.1910

Warren County
Vicksburg, MS
601.636.3961

Washington County
Greenville, MS
601.378.2747

Winston County
Louisville, MS
601.773.3581

Yalobusha County
Water Valley, MS
601.473.1341

Yazoo County
Yazoo City, MS
601.746.1872