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Want to Get Married in Indonesia? Prepare The Essentials

  • InCorp Editorial Team
  • 2 April 2020
  • 3 minute reading time

More and more people are heading to Indonesia for business and vacation purposes. Some of them may eventually meet their significant others and decide to settle down and finally get married. Getting married in Indonesia is the dream of many.

In a country where their people take marriage seriously due to their traditional and religious background, a marriage in Indonesia is only considered legal when it has gone through civil and religious procedure.

What we have been discussing is just the tip of the iceberg. Here’s a checklist for you to go through before you consider getting married in Indonesia.

What to Prepare before Getting Married in Indonesia

Marriage Registry in Indonesia

Indonesia has two types of marriage registry because of the two types of marriage ceremony. The Civil Registry is for non-Muslim couples and the Office of Religious Affairs (KUA) is designated for Muslim couples. Pay attention that the marriage registry you engage in must have the authority according to your legal domicile.

Legal Age to Get Married

The Marriage Law in Indonesia stipulates that all individuals must be at least 19 years old in order to get married legally in the country.

Proof of Single Status

An individual must prove that they are single legally before they can marry their partner. A certificate of singlehood is required for people who are single; and a certificate of divorce is compulsory if the individual has divorced. Foreigners need to submit the certificate of non-impediment letter as well.


Before you can conduct any marriage with your partner, the law requires you to wait for ten days. During the 10-day period, the registry will release the marriage intention notice to the public to see if there is any objection to your marriage.

Prenup Agreement in Indonesia

Signing a prenuptial agreement before a marriage in Indonesia has become more and more common. The prenup agreement is to secure the financial interests, assets, and other rights of both parties and to maintain the family’s peace and harmony in the future.

Heterosexual Couples Only

A marriage is only acknowledged as legal when it is between a male and a female. Same-sex marriage is still illegal in Indonesia.

Guardian & Witnesses of the Marriage

A marriage guardian is one of the requirements for you to get married in Indonesia, and they are often the father, grandfather or brother of the bride. For Muslim ceremony, a marriage guardian must fulfill certain criteria.

With regard to witnesses, two marriage witnesses are compulsory for a legal marriage in Indonesia. The marriage witnesses must be at least 19 years old. What is more, women are not allowed to witness a Muslim marriage ceremony.

How Cekindo can Assist with Prenup Agreement

Cekindo’s team of legal experts is experienced in dealing with and drafting prenup agreements. Our foremost objective is to provide protections for married couples; and carry out an amicable settlement between both parties in the event of divorce or death.

Drafting a prenup agreement with Cekindo is critical in order to safeguard your rights and avoid any further conflicts.

Driven by professionalism, dedication and passion, Cekindo has earned the reputation as one of the most reputable firms to provide legal advice and services for businesses and individuals.

Want to know more about the prenup agreement in Indonesia? Speak to one of our know-how legal representatives. Start by filling in the form below.

Pandu Biasramadhan

Senior Consulting Manager at InCorp Indonesia

An expert for more than 10 years, Pandu Biasramadhan, has an extensive background in providing top-quality and comprehensive business solutions for enterprises in Indonesia and managing regional partnership channels across Southeast Asia.

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