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1/10/2013 09:24 EST

If a non Ecuadorian wants to marry an Ecuadorian, there are a couple of hoops to jump through. According to the US Consulate website in Guayaquil, you must have been in Ecuador for 75 consecutive days prior to the marriage and the marriage can only be performed in Quito or Guayaquil. A friend, who was in Ecuador for almost one year but is now in the US and wants to marry an Ecuadorian woman in Ecuador. His question was does the 75 day clock begin all over again becasue he is currently out of Ecuador. The answer is MAYBE. In my friend's case, he has a residency 9-I visa, so the 75 day law does NOT apply. for anyone without a visa, the clock starts when they return.

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1/10/2013 11:05 EST

The 75 day rule is an Ecuadorean requirement. The Ecuadorean government with the rule was trying to curb the fraudulent marriages in order to obtain residency/ citizenship. Same thing with the requirement of having to go to either Guayaquil or Quito for the marriage license or acta You can have a ceremony performed anywhere.

Ecuador does recognize a citizen's marriage done outside of the country. Any citizen can register their marriage at a consulate as well as any children born outside of the country. However, Ecuador does not recognize divorce outside of the country. Ecuador requires that you divorce in their court if you marry in Ecuador or your marriage is recorded at a consulate. This process does require a lawyer and you either have to present yourself or someone you have empowered. Something to be considered.

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