In order to have a valid marriage in the State of Alabama, the following conditions must be met:
- No one under the age of 14 has the capacity to contract marriage
- For any person under the age of 18 consent by a parent or guardian is required
- Both parties must be of sound mind
- Have the ability to contract marriage
- And the parties cannot be related within a prohibited degree
- Also, the Alabama Marriage Protection Act was passed in 1998 that specifies marriage is inherently a unique relationship between a man and a women. A marriage contracted between individuals of the same sex is invalid in Alabama. ALA. CODE 30-1-19(b) (1975). The act also holds that the State of Alabama shall not recognize the marriage of parties of the same sex from other states.
- A marriage cannot exist without the mutual consent of both parties. Since consent is lacking if a previous marriage existed, or when consent is procured by duress, a marriage is not valid when obtained under either circumstance.
Here is a link to some valuable information on the requirements for a marriage license in the State of Alabama.