Question: What is marriage like in Chile?

For many Chileans, marriage is seen as one of the most significant rites of passage. There is a tendency to look at those who are single in their 30s with slight pity or disapproval. Men tend to marry at the age of 22 onwards, while women will often marry between 18 and 23.

What is unique about marriage and names in Chile?

In Chile people never replace their surnames by the spouses ones at marriage. Spouses name adoption is not socially practiced and the possibility of so doing is not even contemplated by the law. Although a woman may socially use the marital conjunction de, it is omitted in her legal name.

What do I need to get married in Chile?

RequirementsOriginal marriage certificate issued by the authorities of the place of celebration of the marriage.Identity card or valid passport of the Chilean spouse.Identification document of the foreign spouse.Death certificate of the Chilean spouse (if applicable).

Why do Chileans have two last names?

In Chilean culture, it is typical for people to trace their ancestry back through the paternal lines of both their mother and father. This is reflected in their name, as they usually have two surnames (e.g. Maria SILVA VARGAS). The fathers family name appears first, which is followed by the mothers family name.

Can I lose my Chilean citizenship?

Dual and multiple citizenship are both allowed according to Chilean law. Any Chilean citizen acquiring second citizenship will not lose their original citizenship. Reciprocally, foreign nationals who acquire Chilean citizenship are not required to renounce their original nationality.

How do Chilean last names work?

In Chilean culture, it is typical for people to trace their ancestry back through the paternal lines of both their mother and father. The fathers family name appears first, which is followed by the mothers family name. Wives generally do not adopt their husbands surname upon marriage.

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