Colombia Marriage – Civil Union

19 September, 2014 en

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Colombia Civil Union: What qualifies as a Colombian common law marriage or a civil union in Colombia?  In Colombia, when you have lived together with another person for only 2 years, your relationship automatically qualifies as a civil union (i.e. many people do not understand this, as other countries, for example the United States, establish common law marriage at 7 years). When someone lives with you for 2 years in Colombia they have equal rights to your assets just as if they were married to you. The civil union here is also commonly referred to as certifying the relationship as permanent friends or in Spanish “Compañeros Permanente”.

However, two persons may certify their relationship with a Colombian Civil Union at a notary LONG before 2 years passes in order to qualify for certain federal benefits their common law spouse has such as health, pension and immigration benefits. The later being of more interest in this article. Some notaries are very difficult to deal with and often ask for the same documents as a regular marriage. For those of you in Medellin their is hope, as our main office is in Medellin and our attorney can arrange Civil Unions with no foreign documents such as a birth certificate, or proof of being single (commonly referred to as prueba de solteria).

Rights to Assets / Prenumtial: As for protecting assets, after passing 2 years together you will have rights to your spouses assets which were earned since the relationship passed the 2 year mark. if you want to protect your assets in a civil union, both inside and outside of Colombia, it is critical that you have a prenuptial contract with an attorney. The phrase for prenuptial agreement in Colombia is “capitulaciones matrimoniales”. Civil unions are favored by many foreigners because they do not require as many prerequisites, and they are much cheaper since foreign documents are not that necessary. On all legal matters our company works with Colombia Legal & Accounting SAS to prepare such documents.

Additionally, civil unions between a foreigner and a Colombian national will qualify the foreign national for the Colombian TP-10 or commonly known as a “marriage visa“. A marriage visa gives you full work privileges in Colombia and is issued for up to three years. After three continuous uninterrupted years you have been on this type of visa, you qualify for a Colombian Residency visa.

Other related services we offer are:

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Colombia Civil Union

Costs for Colombian Civil Union and Marriage Visa Package

Legal Fees

  • USD

Immigration Attorney Services

  • $150
  • $360.000

Colombian Immigration Legal Services

Civil Union Marriage in Notary

  • $150
  • $360.000

Attorney Fees for Civil Union Preperation & Registration at Notary.

Third Party Fees

  • USD

Official Interpretor*

  • $30
  • $70.000

Required if foreigner does not understand Spanish.

Visa & Cedula Pictures

  • $6.25
  • $15.000

Fee for visa and ID (Cedula) pictures – CD + Paper Pics.

Government Fees

  • USD

Colombia Marriage Visa Fees (TP-10)

  • $255
  • $612.000

Ministry of Foreign Relation Marriage Visa Fees

Foreigners Colombian ID Card

  • $80
  • $160.000

Fee paid to Migracion Colombia for ID Card (Cedula Extranjeria).

Notary Civil Union Fees

  • $45
  • $100.000

This is the fee paid directly to the Notary to Register Civil Union.

Notary Civil Union Certificate

  • $8.00
  • $20.000

Aprox. fee for additional copies of civil union certificate (union marital de hecho escritura)


Colombia Residency Visas