Most marriages do not last when one spouse has been in prison for over a year. If you want to marry someone in prison there are many things you need to take into account. First of all, make sure you know all the rules and regulations involved in getting married.
Next, you need to make sure your fiance files the necessary paperwork, often called a ‘Marriage Packet’. Once this is completed, you will need the necessary documents to prove legal citizenship and age.
Once the legalities are dealt with, you will need to work with the visitation coordinator of the prison to arrange the wedding. This will include choosing a pastor, finding a witness and preparing a space for the wedding. Make sure you ask the visitation coordinator how much everything will cost.
Lastly, be sure to speak to the prison about alone time with your partner after the ceremony. Some prisons allow extended time for taking photos while others allow overnight visits following the wedding.
It is important to go into this commitment fully aware of the consequences. Marriage is difficult enough without the added hurdle of marrying a prisoner. Make sure this is absolutely what you and your partner want in life before taking the big step.
There is a high divorce rate with couples where the partner is in prison for more than a year. Before taking that next step make sure that you are willing to spend the rest of your life with this person even if they are in prison. There are a lot of legal transactions that need to take place in order to marry a prisoner.Prepare yourself if wanting to your prison fiancé, there are a lot of changes and much understanding that is needed in knowing what it is to being a prison inmate’s spouse. Make sure to do it right the first time so that no one gets hurt in the end.
Sasha Michaels is Political Science graduate. She’s been writing content professionally since high school. Sasha enjoys writing about topics she’s passionate about, including fashion, travel, arts, crafts, makeup, health, jewelry, dieting and more. She currently writes news reports for prison loved ones on Prison Rideshare Network.