You can make your relationship official in the Netherlands by marrying or entering into a civil partnership. You and your partner will then have certain rights and obligations towards each other. Alternatively, you can have a cohabitation agreement drawn up to arrange, for example, how possessions and costs are divided between you.
Applying to get married
Are you planning to get married? If you intend to get married, you must notify the municipality of this at least 2 weeks and not more than 1 year before the wedding.
Requirements for getting married
There are certain requirements for marriage that everyone must meet:
- you must be at least 18 years of age;
- you cannot marry someone who is already married or in a civil partnership;
- you cannot be related to one other, e.g. grandparent, grandchild, parent, child or sibling.
Are you getting married to a non-Dutch citizen in the Netherlands? Then different conditions apply.