We have continued the COVID safety measures put in place during the Pandemic.
Everyone entering the building must:
Plexiglass shields have been installed in each courtroom and in the Clerk’s Office.
Air filters are provided in select areas around the building.
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:
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.