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Old 06-17-2019, 08:30 PM
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Hello. My fiancee is in a PA state correctional facility. He has possibly 2 years left but we are looking to apply for marriage once the prison opens for us to do so ( he heard the next date in sometime in the Fall). I have a few questions if anyone knows/experienced:

He must write a petition to why he should be allowed to marry. At what rate are these petitions denied and why?

The license fee and video conference for completing the application must come from his account. A large percent comes from his account for restitution fees. Is there a way to prevent fees being taking from money sent for the marriage process?

Are ceremonies private? PA doesn't have family visit to consummate the marriage but is there any alone time after the ceremony?

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Anyone get married to their husband while incarcerated?

Did he have to complete a petition to why be should be married? Anyone ever been denied and why?

How were the fees collected? You paid directly or through his account?

Was the ceremony private? Did you get any alone time?
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Hey Bubgirl, I merged your posts as they were asking the same thing basically.


I dont know for sure since my hub was not qualified for family visits.
You are probably gonna get the best answers to your questions in the PA forums.
If he's not eligible for a family visit then Im guessing no. Not much private time.


I also would doubt the ceremony would not provide for very much *alone* time either, but Im not sure. Hopefully someone will come along and add.


I know when I had to have some paperwork notarized when my hub was in, (CA) I sent it separate so it was not subject to restitution.
Guessing they do a percentage in PA as well???? I'd guess you would have to send way over to pay for a wedding.


Or you could just wait till he is out....probably be easier.
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Hey Bubgirl, I merged your posts as they were asking the same thing basically.


I dont know for sure since my hub was not qualified for family visits.
You are probably gonna get the best answers to your questions in the PA forums.
If he's not eligible for a family visit then Im guessing no. Not much private time.


I also would doubt the ceremony would not provide for very much *alone* time either, but Im not sure. Hopefully someone will come along and add.


I know when I had to have some paperwork notarized when my hub was in, (CA) I sent it separate so it was not subject to restitution.
Guessing they do a percentage in PA as well???? I'd guess you would have to send way over to pay for a wedding.


Or you could just wait till he is out....probably be easier.
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Yes, PA takes a percentage that would make us almost pay double if comes through his account. Because it is for legal purposes, I would hope they would waive the percentage. He asked his counselor but didnt get a final answer.

We know we aren't allowed any sexual contact here in PA. We were just wondering if the ceremonies were grouped or individually done. Also, if we will have a few moments to ourselves (monitored) or just a regular visit afterwards.
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Hello.

It's my understanding that you would not have any "alone time" afterward, however the ceremony would be held at a time when there is no regular visiting. It's up to the specific institution, but I expect the two of you could sit together afterward.

As for the money, there's simply no procedure in place to waive the escrow process. The business office handles inmate accounts and I doubt they make any exceptions. (The entire concept of taking money from prisoners is pathetic, but that's another story.)

My advice for you and him is to consult with a chaplain inside the prison. He or she won't know about the escrow, but they would be familiar with the procedure of the ceremony itself.
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I spoke with the chaplain thia morning. A judge from the county will be able to perform the ceremony in late Fall and he walked me through the process/timeline. The ceremony would be on a Tuesday which is not a visiting day but we will have a visit after the ceremony. As far as the money, it definitely has to come from his account. I dont see why I cant pay it directly. My fiancee will double check about his account and the percentage.
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