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How to Get Married

Judge Deborah J. Nicastro of the Garfield Heights Municipal Court performs marriage ceremonies. Before the ceremony can be performed, you must get a marriage license from the Cuyahoga County Probate Court. There are a few ways to get one:

 Method 1 - Applying in person

 You can apply in person at:

  1. The Probate Court at 1 Lakeside Avenue, Room 146 (1st Floor), Cleveland, Ohio 44113. 
    For more information, call (216) 443-8920 or visit the Probate Court website.
  2. The Clerk’s Office of the Garfield Heights Municipal Court from 9:00 am to noon and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on the dates when a Clerk of the Probate Court will be present.  You may check the Probate Court website for dates.

Method 2 - Pre-registration

To save time, you may pre-register online and pick up your license at the Probate Court any time or at the Municipal Court on the specified dates.  Click here to pre-register. 

For more information and frequently asked questions about marriage licenses, visit the Probate Court website.

What do I do once I have my license?

Once you have the marriage license, call the Garfield Heights Municipal Court Clerk at 216-475-1900 to schedule the ceremony.  You will need to deliver the marriage license and your filing fee at least 3 days prior to the scheduled date. 

Most ceremonies are performed at the Garfield Heights Municipal Court in Judge Nicastro’s Courtroom beginning at 11:30 am on Fridays.  However, for special requests and for no additional fee, Judge Nicastro will travel to a location within Cuyahoga County to perform the ceremony. 

Judge Nicastro has a standard set of marriage vows but will gladly use any marriage vows if the couple provides them in advance.  To obtain a copy of the standard vows, call the Clerk of Court at 216-475-1900. 

The fee to be paid to the Garfield Heights Municipal Court for the marriage services is $30.00 but plan on paying a fee to the Probate Court also for the marriage license.

According to the law, Judge Nicastro cannot accept any gifts for performing a marriage ceremony.  Any gifts offered to Judge Nicastro personally will be declined and any gifts delivered to the Court will be returned or given to the City of Garfield Heights.