Marriage in Cuba or Canada?
I need some information about Cuban law. I want my family to meet my fiancee before we get married but I have been told that she cannot leave Cuba unless she is married. My fiancee in Cuba says marriage is important so the police don't harrass us and we can walk down the street with no problem. However to protect myself from Immigration fraud it is best to get a marriage contract signed and then get married in Canada and then get married in Cuba. Anyone already gone through this before and have advice for me? Thanks, N
ANSWER by Vic Webmaster
Don't consider this as legal advice, I am no lawyer so I recommend you to contact a lawyer in both countries Canada and Cuba.
WHY? To protect your assets.
Please think carefully about getting married, you
don't marry for the family or the police.
The only real reason for marriage is love!
Indeed in Cuba the police can stop her on the streets when she's not married to you on suspicion of being a jinetera (prostitute).
This is no reason for a marriage! In Cuba you can go to a public notary and ask for a document stating that you both are engaged and have the intention to marry, this document is accepted by the police, I got this advice from a police officer in Havana.
It is a myth that she can only leave Cuba when she's married. The only thing she need is a an official invitation from you. (after this, a passport, exit visa, and plane ticket). This invitation is a document signed by three parties, she, you and a public notary on behalf of the Cuban State. This "letter of invitation" signed in front of the Cuban notary, mention that you invite her to your country and that you are fully accountable and responsible for all costs including social security, lodging, insurance etc.etc.
I have never heard of a marriage contract in Cuba, after a divorce the common practice is a fifty-fifty split, unless otherwise decided by the court. As a Canadian citizen, to protect your assets and rights in Canada, I recommend to marry twice, first time in Canada, with a marriage contract, this to protect your assets and rights and later a second time in Cuba. Therefore I strongly recommend to seek advice from a lawyer in Canada. Consider the story of a British guy, a few months after his marriage, his Cuban wife disappeared, and he returned to London, but a month later his Cuban wife, accused him of abuse and hired a British lawyer, claiming half of his property!
With a good contract and solid legal advice you can avoid a lot of problems, be warned!