The Honorable Judge Glen Ashman of East Point Municipal Court performs wedding ceremonies at his office in the historic former Bank of Fulton County building by appointment.
Judge Ashman's office is located at 2791 Main Street, East Point, Georgia 30344 (and is in Fulton County). It is across the street from the clock tower at the East Point MARTA station and next door to Oz Pizza. There is free parking on the street, and also behind the building. East Point is several miles south of downtown Atlanta not far from Atlanta Airport.
An appointment is required (generally you should call 404-768-3509 several days in advance although same day walk- in appointments may be available). You must also have a marriage license from a Georgia Probate Court. (A license from any county in Georgia is accepted unless both parties are from out of state, in which case you need a Fulton County license). Phone numbers for all 159 Probate Courts in Georgia are listed on this weblink. Fulton County has three offices - downtown, Stonewall Tell (College Park) and North Annex. Clayton, Fayette and Henry County probate courts are also near Judge Ashman.
A gratuity ($100 is typical, slightly higher for weekend and after hours when available) is traditional (payable by cash, Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover, cashier's checks or money order. Exact change is requested. If you set an appointment for a future date a small deposit may be needed to reserve your time/date, and a deposit to reserve a date is NON-REFUNDABLE. Personal checks are not accepted). You may exchange rings, although rings are not required. The ceremony is informal, so casual dress is acceptable. You may bring a limited number of guests, and cameras are welcome.
Most ceremonies are done Monday through Friday between 10:00 AM and 3:30 PM in our office. Some after hours, holiday and weekend appointments are available. Ceremonies are only performed at the Main Street location (no offsite weddings).
Useful tips: Fulton County (but not all other counties) asks for a stamped self addressed envelope for certified copies when you apply for a license if you want a copy mailed later. Many counties do copies the same day or within a few days. Fulton usually takes about 30 days. Be sure you get a certified copy of both your marriage license AND your application (you may need both). You will need to return your signed marriage license to the Clerk after you are married by the Judge. If you will need your certified copy quickly, and are a Georgia resident, you can go to a smaller nearby county (such as Fayette, etc) and still be married in East Point (non-Georgia residents must get licenses from Fulton County Court.
General Information on Requirements for Securing a Marriage License
This is done in the Probate Court prior to your ceremony. Call your county probate court for details. You CANNOT obtain a marriage license from the Judge doing your ceremony. The information on this page is not legal advice. If you have questions, contact the Probate Court.
1. AGE REQUIREMENTS
SUBJECT TO PARAGRAPH 7 BELOW, THE AGE FOR MARRIAGE IN GEORGIA WITHOUT PARENTAL CONSENT IS 18 FOR BOTH PARTIES. (19-3-36) IF THE BRIDE OR GROOM IS 16 OR 17, THEY MAY MARRY IF THE CONSENT OF THE PARENTS OR GUARDIAN(S) OF THE UNDERAGE APPLICANT IS GIVEN. IF ONE PARENT HAS CUSTODY OF THE MINOR, THEY ARE REQUIRED TO BRING IN PROOF OF CUSTODY (DIVORCE DECREE SHOWING THE CHILD’S NAME). GUARDIAN(S) ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO SHOW PROOF OF CUSTODY (GUARDIANSHIP PAPERS). THE PARENT(S) OR GUARDIAN(S) MUST APPEAR IN PERSON TO GIVE CONSENT. THERE IS NO LONGER A WAITING PERIOD. (19-3-37)
BOTH THE BRIDE AND GROOM MUST APPLY IN PERSON IN ANY COUNTY IN GEORGIA, AS LONG AS ONE IS A RESIDENT OF GEORGIA. IF NEITHER ONE IS A RESIDENT OF GEORGIA, THEN THE COUPLE MUST APPLY IN THE COUNTY WHERE THE CEREMONY WILL BE PERFORMED. (19-3-30 (b) 2)
3. PROOF OF AGE
GEORGIA LAW REQUIRES PROOF OF AGE BE PRESENTED AT THE TIME OF MAKING APPLICATION. BY LAW, ACCEPTABLE PROOF OF AGE IS ANY OF THE FOLLOWING: BIRTH CERTIFICATE, DRIVER’S LICENSE, BAPTISMAL CERTIFICATE, CERTIFICATE OF BIRTH REGISTRATION, SELECTIVE SERVICE CARD, COURT RECORD, PASSPORT, IMMIGRATION PAPERS, ALIEN PAPERS, CITIZENSHIP PAPERS, ARMED FORCES DISCHARGE PAPERS, ARMED FORCES IDENTIFICATION CARD, OR HOSPITAL ADMISSION CARD -- CONTAINING THE FULL NAME AND DATE OF BIRTH. (19-3-36)
4. PROOF OF DIVORCE
IF EITHER APPLICANT HAS RECEIVED A DIVORCE, HE OR SHE OR BOTH MUST SHOW A COPY OF THE FINAL JUDGMENT AND DECREE. IT MUST SHOW THE JUDGE’S SIGNATURE AND DATE DIVORCE WAS GRANTED. (19-3-2 (3))
5. NAME AFTER MARRIAGE
GEORGIA LAW REQUIRES EACH APPLICANT TO DESIGNATE THE LEGAL SURNAME HE OR SHE WILL USE AFTER MARRIAGE. THE APPLICANT MAY CHOOSE (1) HIS OR HER PRESENT SURNAME (2) THE SURNAME OF A PREVIOUS MARRIAGE (3) SPOUSE’S SURNAME OR (4) A SURNAME AS PROVIDED IN (1) OR (2) OF THIS PARAGRAPH IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE SURNAME OF THE OTHER SPOUSE. (19-3-33.1 (b))
6. PREGNANCY OR CHILD BORN OUT OF WEDLOCK
IF THE FEMALE APPLICANT IS PREGNANT, OR THE APPLICANTS ARE THE PARENTS OF A CHILD BORN OUT OF WEDLOCK, NO PARENTAL CONSENT IS REQUIRED. (19-3-36 (b)) THE COURT WILL NOTIFY THE PARENTS OF SUCH APPLICANT 17 YEARS OF AGE OR YOUNGER, THAT THE LICENSE HAS BEEN ISSUED. (19-3-38) IF THE FEMALE APPLICANT IS PREGNANT AND SHE OR THE GROOM ARE UNDER THE AGE OF 18, THE APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT A STATEMENT FROM A LICENSED GEORGIA PHYSICIAN THAT SHE IS PREGNANT, AND THE APPROXIMATE DUE DATE. IF THE APPLICANTS ARE THE PARENTS OF A CHILD BORN OUT OF WEDLOCK, AND ONE OR BOTH ARE UNDERAGE, THEY SHOULD PRESENT A CERTIFIED COPY OF THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE FOR THE CHILD AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION. THE CHILD’S BIRTH CERTIFICATE MUST SHOW BOTH PARENTS NAMES. (19-3-36 (b))
THE APPLICANTS MUST BE OF SOUND MIND AND CANNOT HAVE ANY UNDISSOLVED MARRIAGES. (19-3-2) ANY PERSON WHO MARRIES A PERSON TO WHOM HE OR SHE IS RELATED, EITHER BY BLOOD OR BY MARRIAGE, AS SET FORTH IN THIS PARAGRAPH, SHALL BE PUNISHED BY IMPRISONMENT FOR NOT LESS THAN ONE NOR MORE THAN THREE YEARS: (1) FATHER AND DAUGHTER OR STEP-DAUGHTER; (2) MOTHER AND SON OR STEP-SON; (3) BROTHER AND SISTER OF THE WHOLE BLOOD OR THE HALF BLOOD; (4) GRANDPARENT AND GRANDCHILD; (5) AUNT AND NEPHEW; OR (6) UNCLE AND NIECE. (19-3-3) MARRIAGES BETWEEN PERSONS OF THE SAME SEX ARE PROHIBITED. (19-3-3.1)