My fiance and I are both facing felony charges. He is currently in jail, and I am out on bond. We want to get married, but are afraid that we will not be able to do so (or even live together) if we are convicted. Would our best option be to have the jail chaplain perform the ceremony while he is still in jail and we are waiting for trial?
Marriage is a protected right under the constitution between a man and woman. You cannot be prevented from marrying your fiance even if he is in jail. however, if your fiance is in jail for an extended period of time you may mant to think twice about marrying him, unless you are willing to wait for him and be faithful. if you do not think that you will be faithful there is no reason for you to get married. With respect to the charges, you may decide whether you want to get married of not as there is no one that is going to stop you legally. i think the best option for you is to wait and see what the total jail time your fiance is going to be doing and then decide if you want to wait to have a ceremony when he is released or have it at the jail if you think that it will benefit your relationship.
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