Texas Family Code - Section 2.204. 72-Hour Waiting Period; Exceptions
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§ 2.204. 72-HOUR WAITING PERIOD; EXCEPTIONS. (a) Except
as provided by this section, a marriage ceremony may not take place
during the 72-hour period immediately following the issuance of the
(b) The 72-hour waiting period after issuance of a marriage
license does not apply to an applicant who:
(1) is a member of the armed forces of the United
States and on active duty;
(2) is not a member of the armed forces of the United
States but performs work for the United States Department of
Defense as a department employee or under a contract with the
(3) obtains a written waiver under Subsection (c).
(c) An applicant may request a judge of a court with
jurisdiction in family law cases, a justice of the supreme court, a
judge of the court of criminal appeals, a county judge, or a judge
of a court of appeals for a written waiver permitting the marriage
ceremony to take place during the 72-hour period immediately
following the issuance of the marriage license. If the judge finds
that there is good cause for the marriage to take place during the
period, the judge shall sign the waiver. Notwithstanding any other
provision of law, a judge under this section has the authority to
sign a waiver under this section.
Added by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 7, § 1, eff. April 17, 1997.
Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1052, § 1, eff. Sept. 1,
1999; Acts 2005, 79th Leg., ch. 1196, § 1, eff. June 18, 2005.
Last modified: August 11, 2007