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How to get Married in the Dominican Republic

Thanks planner,

It makes sense that residencia is required to apply for citizenship. Which country in the world will give you a citizenship if you don't even live on their territory ?

1/2 in jest .... have large box of tissues, close your eyes & open you wallet. If you are lucky, you will join the the small percentage of happily married folk.  It ain't luck, it's patience & smarts.

Two boxes of tissues and two wallets (one for the new esposa and the other for the familia) :D

And you do not need to be living here full time to get  your residency.

Bob K

So, if I were to be fortunate enough to even consider marrying and if she were a local lady, a Dominican National, I should become a resident first and the fees would be lower?  All great info, and this, along with the info on applying for a Residence Visa is excellent. I would certainly appreciate referrals to trusted lawyers. I will be seeking to have my divorce documents translated and will start working on the steps. I will also be visiting the Canadian Consulate while in Puerto Plata and Moca late Sep/early Oct. As I hope to raise funds (Cdn and perhaps USD) for business I might wish to pursue, I will have to learn the rules for large amounts of money to be brought in (up to but not over $500,000). So much to think about but the first step is see the country, and meet the people.... it would wonderful if that included expats as well as the local folks that have invited me to stay with them where I plan on learning Spanish by being immersed in the language and culture!

No the fees are the same,.  that does not change.

The canadian consulate  will not help you with business.   In terms of bringing money in for business investment that is fairly simple and also qualifies you for residencia. 

However,  open forums are not a great place to talk about  money.  Keep that private my friend.  stay general in those discussions.

Right - thanks.

Residence and residencia are confusing you.

Bob is right uou do not need a residence to get residencia. Its the Spanish term,  there is a whole thread about this.

And for the record - still looking for.my Dominican husband so I can get citizenship!!!

A little help you guys???  :lol:

You are a gift from heaven.A treasure trove of innocence.  After a 5 year difference in age, for every .  If you have known her for 2 to 3 years, lived with her & know the true extant of her family, You may have a chance of a fruitful relationship, every , year beyond that is a 10% increase for the marriage to end in disaster for your relationship.  Once the extant of your wealth is know, you become a huge target for those of lesser moral values.  Oh, by the way I have a condo on a private island next to Mt. Duarte for sale cheap.  I wish you well in the impending storm about to engulf you.   I tell you fo tru meh son, tings are not de same road heah!!  Doth spake the Tinker, formally Gypsy 401.    Walk slowly, the price of the ticket for that ride can be prohibitive.

Glad to see you back

Bob K

but why is it usually "female monogamy" but male polygamy?

How sad it is that it's usually the male who has a wife and a mistress!

Its the culture.  You don't have to like it or participate in it.  It is what it is.

I dont like it either but as long as it does not directly effect me, it is none of my business.

Planner is right it is just the way things work here.  You don 't need to be part of it.

Bob K

Yet it hurts to see it!  Probably a reflection of the economic situation.

Nothing to do with economics at all. Its latino male machismo.

It is one of the many things that make this place "different" and "not like at home". 

Bob K

It is not the law.  You have probably heard that from people who married Dominicans with families that have little economic means.  It is a cultural believe to think that if you are a "gringo" you have a lot of money and you come to help the family of your love one!

Good Luck!

And easier, simpler way to get married would be like most of the locals do it. They just call each other 'esposos'....done.   Us gringos can do that too.

It isn't machisimo!  The French & other Europeans have as a matter of course, affairs & outside lovers. Husbands, wives doesn't matter. No one calls that being "Macho"!  It is the culture & that nature in the main doesn't require monogamy.  Usually in nature it is the strongest & smartest that get more. Strengthens the genetics.   Unfortunately, that no longer applies to humans.  It worked for primitive man, but sadly is no longer a factor in the betterment of man kind. It is a normal part of life.  Not yours maybe, but it is part of theirs'.

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