No witnesses required for marriage as of next year in Latvia

On Thursday, September 7, the Saeima adopted amendments to the Civil Law in the third reading, as well as related amendments, stipulating that absence of witnesses will not be an obstacle to entering into marriage.

90 deputies voted to amend the law.

Amendments shall come into force on July 1 of the following year and shall be applicable in cases when the submission and other documents necessary for entering into marriage have been submitted to the General Registry Office or the diplomatic or consular mission of the Republic of Latvia abroad after the abovementioned date.

The amendments also establish the right to marry in the Dievturība ethnic religion. These amendments will come into force at the same time as a separate law on the settlement of relations between the state and the religious organization Dievturi.

The amendments also provide for clarification of the time period within which a person may contest the paternity presumption in court. Until now, the law stipulated that a child could challenge a paternity assumption within two years of reaching adulthood. With amendments, the law States that a child who has come of age will be able to challenge the paternity presumption in court within two years from the date on which they became aware of circumstances that exclude paternity.

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