Maine Marriage Laws and Domestic Partnership Requirements

Maine marriage and domestic partnership requirements, plus common-law marriage information.

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What are the requirements for getting legally married in Maine?

Maine does not require a blood test before a marriage license will be issued. You can marry immediately after your marriage license is issued, and your license is good for 90 days after it's issued. After that time, you'll have to get a new one before you can marry.

In Maine, as in most states, you must be of the age of consent, not be too closely related to your intended spouse, not be married to anyone else, and have sufficient "mental capacity," meaning you understand what you are doing when you marry.

Does Maine have common-law marriage?

No. In Maine, you must obtain a marriage license and enter into a legal marriage in order to be considered married. Living together and taking the same name don't create a common-law marriage.

Does Maine have same-sex marriage?

No. Maine’s legislature passed a bill allowing same-sex marriage in 2009, but the voters repealed it before it ever took effect. Maine has a domestic partnership registration system under which registered domestic partners gain inheritance rights and are considered "next of kin" for the purposes of determining who has the right to make burial arrangements. However, none of the other rights of legal marriage come with a registered domestic partnership in Maine.

Learn about the proper legal steps to define and protect your relationship in the eyes of the law with Legal Guide for Lesbian & Gay Couples, by Denis Clifford, Frederick Hertz and Emily Doskow (Nolo) or Living Together: A Legal Guide, by Ralph Warner, Toni Ihara, and Frederick Hertz (Nolo).

Learn about the current status of same-sex marriage across the U.S. and around the world in Making it Legal: A Guide to Same-Sex Marriage, Domestic Partnerships & Civil Unions, by Frederick Hertz with Emily Doskow (Nolo).

Last updated 11/16/09

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