The legal age for getting married is eighteen.

  • The Ministry of Justice and Ecclesiastical Affairs may grant people younger than this age an exemption to get married.
  • Those licensed to perform marriages are priests and heads of religious associations and District Commissioners and their delegates.
  • Marriage confers responsibilities on both parties while the marriage is valid, whether or not they live together and even if they are legally separated.
  • In marriages in Iceland, both women and men have the same rights.
  • Their responsibilities towards their children and other aspects related to their marriage are also the same.
  • If a spouse dies while married, the other spouse inherits a part of their estate. Icelandic law generally allows the surviving spouse to keep an undivided estate. This enables the widow(er) to continue to live in the marital home after their spouse has died.
  • Spouses are responsible for the debts incurred by either of them.
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