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 usually does not do off-site ceremonies. Call 404-768-3509 for appointments (if you get voice mail please leave a message including the dates you prefer).
Judge Ashman's office is located at 2791 Main Street, East Point, Georgia 30344 (in Fulton County). It is across the street from the clock tower at East Point MARTA station and next door to Oz Pizza. There is free parking on the street, and also behind the building (avoid spaces marked reserved) and additional spaces in the East Point Customer Care lot on East Point Street a block away. East Point is several miles south of downtown Atlanta close to 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). Contact information 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 is traditional* (payable by cash, Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover, cashier's checks or money order). Exact change is requested should you use cash. Personal checks are not accepted. You may exchange rings, although rings are not required. The ceremony is often informal, so casual dress is acceptable. Judge Ashman is also willing to arrange more formal weddings. You may bring a limited number of guests, and cameras are welcome.
Most ceremonies at the old Bank of Fulton County building are done Monday through Friday by appointment in our office, usually during office hours. Depending on Court calendars, you may be able to schedule a wedding at East Point City Court during Judge Ashman's court calendars (no fee is charged during court*).
Judge Ashman is often asked about same-sex ceremonies and welcomes them. There is no room for bias in this country or its courts based on gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, nationality, age or other such factors, and all persons are welcomed to his office for their special occasion.
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.
* Note: There is NO gratuity if a wedding is performed while Judge Ashman is on the bench in municipal court. Such weddings are free of charge. Limited time is available on some but not all calendars for such free ceremonies; please note he may have a month or two between calendars. A gratuity is appropriate when Judge Ashman is not on the bench but is in his law office, and for offsite weddings - $100 is the traditional gratuity for weddings at the 2791 Main Street location..
DUE TO NO SHOWS, TO RESERVE A TIME AT THE MAIN STREET LOCATION OR OFF-SITE, YOU MAY BE ASKED TO DO A NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT TO RESERVE A TIME. PLEASE CALL FOR DETAILS AND QUESTIONS. IT IS POSSIBLE TO DO A SAME-DAY CEREMONY WITH NO DEPOSIT IF WE HAVE OPEN TIME AVAILABLE - CALL FOR DETAILS.
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 PARTIES 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) YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A GEORGIA RESIDENT TO GET MARRIED IN GEORGIA AND CITIZENSHIP IN THE U.S. IS NOT REQUIRED. SHOULD YOU BE A NON-CITIZEN, YOU MAY WANT TO SPEAK TO AN IMMIGRATION LAWYER AS TO YOUR LEGAL STATUS, BUT THE CEREMONY ITSELF IS NOT AFFECTED.
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). MANY CLERKS WILL REQUIRE THIS TO BE IN ENGLISH, SO IF USING A FOREIGN DOCUMENT, AN OFFICIAL TRANSLATION MAY BE HELPFUL.
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)
8. PREMARITAL CLASSES
Under Georgia Law, a couple who presents to the court at the time of making application a certificate of completion of a qualifying premarital education program shall not be assessed a marriage license fee(other charges may apply, so there is still some fee). The premarital education shall include at least six hours of instruction involving marital issues, which may include but not be limited to conflict management, communication skills, financial responsibilities, child and parenting responsibilities, and extended family roles. The premarital education shall be completed within 12 months prior to the application for a marriage license and the couple shall undergo the premarital education together. The premarital education shall be performed by:
(A) A professional counselor, social worker, or marriage and family therapist who is licensed pursuant to Chapter 10A of Title 43;
(B) A psychiatrist who is licensed as a physician pursuant to Chapter 34 of Title 43;
(C) A psychologist who is licensed pursuant to Chapter 39 of Title 43; or
(D) An active member of the clergy when in the course of his or her service as clergy or his or her designee, including retired clergy, provided that a designee is trained and skilled in premarital education.
9. BLOOD TESTS
GEORGIA DOES NOT REQUIRE BLOOD TESTS. HOWEVER IT MAY BE WISE TO DO THEM ON YOUR OWN ANYWAY.
SHOULD YOU OR YOUR SPOUSE-TO-BE HAVE ASSETS, DEBTS OR OTHER LEGAL CONSIDERATIONS, YOU MAY WISH TO DISCUSS A PRE-NUPTIAL AGREEMENT WITH A LAWYER BEFORE MARRIAGE.
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NEARBY LOCATIONS TO GET LICENSE
Note: Courts frequently change phone numbers, so check this page for updated numbers:
Fulton County Probate Court, 136 Pryor Street, Suite C-230, Atlanta, Georgia 30303 (404) 613-4583 or (404) 612-4640
Fulton North Service Center, 7741 Roswell Road, Suite 225, Atlanta, Georgia 30350 (404) 613-7638
Fulton South Service Center, 5600 Stonewall Tell Road, Suite 218, College Park, Georgia 30349 (404) 612-3048
Clayton Probate Court 121 South McDonough Street, in the City of Jonesboro, in Annex Building 3 (770) 477-3301
Probate Court of Fayette County 1 Center Drive Fayetteville, Ga. 30214 (770)716-4220
Henry Probate Court 99 Sims Street McDonough, GA 30253 (770) 288-7600
Dekalb Probate Court Room 1100 Courthouse Annex 556 North McDonough St, Decatur, GA 30030 (404) 371-2601