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Old 11-29-2005, 11:58 PM
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Is it a hard process to get married in Pennsylvania? My fiance will be sentenced in December and want to get married when he gets to PA. I hope it isn't hard to get married b/c we have been waiting six months to tie the knot. If you have any insight please help me out. How are the ceremonies there?
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my fiancee and i have been trying to get get married since june its a long process and they dont make it easy hes in sci greene i wish you luck
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does anyone know how to go about getting married in prison? my guy is in sci fayette, and we can't wait any longer! please let me know what steps i need to take to finally become his wife!
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my fiance is in montgomery county in pa and we would like to get married as soon as possible. please if anyone has any info or could dig some up for me i would greatly appreciate it. it would mean the world to us. also how do u go about getting your license while there in prison? does the jail help you or is there another way to go about it. thanks again all and god bless
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Each county is different but most county jails do not allow marriages b/c of the relative brevity of the person's incarceration. If they are going to be in longer than 23 months in PA, they are moved to the State DOC system.
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The following information is from the most updated version [2005] PA DOC Handbook for Family and Friends:
Planning to marry someone in prison
If you plan to marry an inmate, he/she will have to submit a request for marriage inwriting and send it to the prison chaplain or his/her counselor. The chaplain and counselor are required to interview you and the inmate. There may be more than one counseling session. If the marriage request is granted, you and the inmate will have to pay for the cost of the marriage license.
In each facility, there are local rules as to where and when marriages are performed. If the ceremony is going to take place within the facility, you may be able to have either the prison chaplain or someone on the outside who is qualified perform the
service. Keep in mind that all persons going into a facility will be subject to security provisions for inmate visits.


The following information comes from the 2005 version of the PA DOC Inmate Handbook:

Marriages (Policy DC-ADM 821)
1. If you wish to get married, you must submit a request to be married, in writing, to a Facility Chaplain and to your Counselor.

2. The courts require a personal appearance by you to apply for a
marriage license. You are responsible for notifying the Court that the Department will not provide you with transportation to secure the marriage license for security reasons, but the following alternatives are available:
a. videoconferencing may be considered, if the facility and the Court have the technology, and the Court approves the use of a videoconference;and/or
b. a request that the Court permit someone from the Prothonotary’s office to come to the facility to conduct the interview.

3. If your marriage is approved, you and/or your spouse must pay all costs involved.

4. Facility Chaplains are permitted to make their own decision whether they will personally perform the ceremony. If the Facility Chaplain chooses not to perform the marriage ceremony, an outside person permitted by the Facility Chaplaincy Program Director (FCPD) may perform the ceremony within the facility in accordance with Department policy DC-ADM 812. If the FCPD permits an outside person to perform the ceremony, you or your spouse must pay the cost.

5. All marriages held at a facility will take place in the visiting room either before the beginning of visiting hours or after visiting hours.

6. You and your prospective spouse will be permitted to have two visitors each present at the ceremony. The visitors must be selected from your approved visiting list.


If you want to download a copy of either of these handbooks, go to the PA DOC website http://www.cor.state.pa.us/.
Click on "Handbook for Family and Friends" for that resource; click on "DOC Policies"; when you get to the Policies page, click on the first entry "2005 Inmate Handbook"; also if you want the actual DOC written policy for Marriage, scroll down to the bottom of the same page till you get to the Policy Number DC-ADM 821.
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My husband and I were just married this past August, the 15th 2005, at SCI Smithfield. I understand that the procedures are somewhat different at each state prison although they do have specific guidelines.

My husband, Kevin, had to fill out some type of request to get married. We then both had to meet with his counselor and the chaplain in order for approval and then we had to basically arrange everything. The local court house wouldn't provide the license supposedly because there are two state prisons which they thought would be too much for them? Anyways, I ended up finding another court house in PA whom was willing to come to the prison for the application of the marriage license, because the prison would not escort him to the court house. We had to pay the regular $50 fee for the license and then $30 for the 3 day waiver. We did everything on the same day. I had to receive approval for my minister, and then there was just an extra fee for the 3 day waiver on the license. We were able to have two visitors a piece, so a total of 4 besides the two of us. One thing I was especially surprised about was that Smithfield has 4 days per year that they set specifically for inmate weddings.

My suggestion is to have your fiance' inquire directly to his counselor and/or chaplain. I am unfamlliar of what county prison marriages procedures/policies would be.

Here's also a link to the policies:
http://www.cor.state.pa.us/standards...ges_Policy.pdf

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You may want to check the marriage sub-forum to get this information.
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Default I was married at Rockview SCI 2006

Origianally we were approved to marry Oct 2005 but the magistrate cancelled the week before the wedding. We were told we had to wait until the next quarterly weddings, which we did and were married Feb 2006.

We made application and was interviewed individually and as a couple by the Chaplain. We were allowed guests by the standard rules for visitation. No other special provisions were made.

We had a "HoHo" out of the vending machine as our wedding cake. It was one of the best days of my life, in a very odd situation.
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how can I get a marriage license in Pa, I have tried to call several courthouses and they told me, rudely, that the only way to get a license is to go to courthouse in person. I said that isn't possible they said "that's too bad". Can anyone help?
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Unfortunately, that is the only way that I know of is for you to go to the court house. Best of luck!
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It can be done, but the good luck is definitely in order. I know one girl spent over $200 with a lawyer's help to do it.
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What county is your loved one in? I know some courts in PA have someone go to the prison once a month to do them.
Graterford for one has a woman visit on the first Tuesday of each month.

Your best bet,is to have your man speak to his counsellor because they will know if it's possible.

We've been trying to get married in PA,but Alex is at Dallas and that court won't send anyone to the prison.
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He is in mercer county and they wont send anyone even though the prison is only 10 min away. they are just being mean.
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anyone know about marriages in Forest. thats where my fiance is...but just out of curiosity wouldn't it make sence to get married cause then I could get more back in taxes...right???
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I really don't think that you should base your decision on getting married due to the amount that you may get back on taxes. But to answer your question no, to claim someone on income tax they had to have lived with you for at least 6 months of the year.
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well we are engaged and totallyintend on getting married....thought that was a perk...y aknow
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I am planning on getting married in the next few months at Rockview to my fiance. There are about 18 different steps we have to do but they seem to do it quarterly.
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I want to get married at sci rockview can anyone tell me more information and if it will be a struggle to try to get it done there?
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I want to marry my boyfriend at sci rockview from what I've heard its a bit a hassle to marry an inmate in PA . I dont know if its the same for all SCI or just some can anyone please give me more information on this because Im lost.
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I myself have not been married yet! But there is a lot of information on how to go about doing so on the DOC website. http://www.cor.state.pa.us/
I have downloaded, read through, examined etc, almost EVERY document on that website to make sure that I know what to expect in any situation, even though it doesn't prepare you for anything, it prepares you for a lot! If you have any questions on the website you can PM i would be more than happy to help you find the info you are looking for
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