November 13th, 2010

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Civil marriage in Poland - potential delays?

Where/when: Warsaw, the late 2020s or early 2030s.

My two characters are a man (age 21) and a woman (age 22ish but flexible), college students, both Polish citizens, and have been engaged for eight or nine months; they were planning on having a church wedding at some indefinate point within the next year or two. Due to a sudden attack of plot, they decide to move up the wedding considerably. As in, to "this afternoon".

They are willing, under the circustances, to forgo the religious wedding and do a civil ceremony alone. Can they show up at the courthouse and get married the same day? Is there a waiting period? Are there hoops to jump through that might prevent them marrying immediately? I would like for them to be able to marry immediately, so if there are any possible delays I'd like to find ways to avoid them.

Googled various combinations of "Poland", "wedding", "civil marriage"; found out a lot about regulations involving marrying a foreign citizen, but nothing applicable to two Polish citizens.

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