§ 93-1-17. By whom marriages may be solemnized
Any minister of the gospel ordained according to the rules of his church or society, in good standing; any Rabbi or other spiritual leader of any other religious body authorized under the rules of such religious body to solemnize rites of matrimony and being in good standing; any judge of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, circuit court, chancery court or county court may solemnize the rites of matrimony between any persons anywhere within this state who shall produce a license granted as herein directed. Justice court judges and members of the boards of supervisors may likewise solemnize the rites of matrimony within their respective counties. Any marriages performed by a mayor of a municipality prior to March 14, 1994 are valid provided such marriages satisfy the requirements of Section 93-1-18.
Musicians, movie stars, the Clergy and even regular folk may perform a marriage ceremony if ordained as a minister per his or her church or society.
Matthew Thompson is a Family Law Attorney in Mississippi and reminds you to not enter into a marriage lightly, but do so for love, commitment and all the right reasons.
Kim Davis has been all over the news with her refusal to issue marriage licenses and new allegations of altering marriage licenses to prevent persons from marrying legally. However, Mississippi has some surprising laws that legally provide for a ban on marriage. A Mississippi Judge can bar you from getting married again!
MCA, Section 93-5-25 includes language to the effect that if the Court awarded a divorce against a party for adultery the Court may bar the guilty party from getting married again. This bar would require the guilty party to petition the Court to remove the restriction after a year from same being imposed.
MCA 93-5-25 holds, in part, “And the judgment may provide, in the discretion of the court, that a party against whom a divorce is granted, because of adultery, shall not be at liberty to marry again; in which case such party shall remain in law as a married person. Provided, however, that after one (1) year, the court may remove the disability and permit the person to marry again, on petition and satisfactory evidence of reformation, or for good cause shown, on the part of the party so barred from remarriage; but the actions of the court under the foregoing proviso shall not be construed as affecting any judgment of divorce granted in any case where the discretion of the chancellor has been exercised in barring one (1) party from remarriage on account of adultery.”
Matthew Thompson is a family law attorney and recommends that you not do things that will get you barred from remarrying.
You may also contact Matthew at
(601) 850-8000 or Matthew@bowtielawyer.ms