Court Exemptions

Court Exemption Order if either party is under 18 years of age

In certain special circumstances, you may be able to get a Court Exemption Order allowing the marriage to proceed even if one or both parties are under 18. The court will require you to show:

  • that there are good reasons for your application
  • that the granting of such an Exemption Order is in the best interests of the parties to the intended marriage.

How to apply

You should contact either the Circuit Family Court or the High Court for details on how to proceed. This is an informal procedure. You may apply in person (without hiring a solicitor). There is no court charge for an application for a Court Exemption Order. However, if you hire a solicitor to represent you, you will have to pay him/her.

Where to apply

Contact either the Circuit Family Court or the High Court in the area in which either of you live. Click here for contact information for these court offices.

Court Exemption Order 3 months notification requirement

In certain special circumstances, for example, in the case of very serious illness, you may be able to get a Court Exemption Order allowing the marriage to proceed without the 3 months notification. You should contact either the Circuit Family Court or the High Court in the area in which either of you lives for details on how to proceed.

This is an informal procedure. You may apply in person (without hiring a solicitor). There is no court charge for an application for a Court Exemption Order. However, if you hire a solicitor to represent you, you will have to pay him/her. The court will require you to show:

  • that there are good reasons for your application
  • that the granting of such an Exemption Order is in the best interests of the parties to the intended marriage.

If you are granted a Court Exemption Order, you still have to make arrangements to meet the Registrar at least 5 days before you get married in order to make the declaration. This is required before a Marriage Registration Form can be issued.