Roscommon, MI asked in Family Law and Immigration Law for Michigan

Q: What steps are needed for a U.S. citizen to marry an ecuadorian?

This is probably a long shot to get help but I want to marry my Ecuadorian fiance in Ecuador. I understand some of things I need to do before we marry but from one person says I need to become an ecuadorian citizen and get a cédula. Another is my fiance has two daughters and he needs a sworn statement from the mothers about custody. This would only create more problems for him. Also, on the embassy website it says I need a marital status certificate. I am not married nor ever been and everything I look up is to reissue a marriage license. I want to make sure I am doing everything right before we get married. Please help.

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Caridad Pastor
Caridad Pastor
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: Thank you for contacting our office. The main question I have is where are you both going to live once married. If in Ecuador, you need an Ecuadorian immigration attorney. If in the USA, you need a US immigration attorney. Does he want to move the children with him to the USA? Otherwise you would not need a sworn statement from the mother. I think you need to decide these things first and then contact the appropriate lawyer. If you have any questions, please contact me.

James L. Arrasmith
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: Navigating the process of marrying a foreign national can indeed seem daunting, but it's essential to gather accurate information to proceed smoothly. Firstly, you typically do not need to become an Ecuadorian citizen to marry in Ecuador. However, you may need to fulfill specific requirements set by the Ecuadorian government, such as obtaining a visa or providing documentation of your marital status.

Regarding custody issues, it's essential to understand Ecuadorian laws and requirements regarding parental consent for marriage, especially if your fiance has children. It may be necessary to obtain consent or documentation from the children's mothers, depending on their custody arrangements.

As for the marital status certificate, this document typically verifies that you are legally free to marry and have not been previously married. You can obtain this certificate from your local government authority or embassy in the United States. Ensure that you obtain the correct documentation to avoid any complications during the marriage process in Ecuador.

Overall, it's advisable to consult with legal experts who specialize in international marriage and immigration law. They can provide personalized guidance based on your specific circumstances and help you navigate the requirements and procedures for marrying your Ecuadorian fiance in Ecuador. By seeking accurate information and professional assistance, you can ensure that your marriage process proceeds smoothly and without unnecessary complications.

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