My German partner and I are in the process of applying for permission to marry in Germany. We've gotten all the documents requested, but I have a question about one of the documents that the Standesamt requested: payslips for me for the last 3 months. They do not ask this from my partner, who is German, and I am a foreigner (American), who has been working here for 3 years.
I am paid by the Landesregierung, and they specifically say they only give you a new payslip when something changes, i.e. you get a bonus or move up a Stufe or your Konto changes, etc. As such, I have only one payslip from the last 3 months (which ironically is because it's precisely not my normal pay -- it was the 300 euro energy bonus that triggered the issuance of this one), and the other one is from 5 months ago (which is my normal pay because this was when I was bumped to Stufe 3). Of course, this caveat is printed on the document and the Landesregierung specifically answered my inquiry explaining that and not offering to issue me any extra payslips. Our contact in the Standesamt did not seem satisfied with the submitted documents and reiterated that she needs payslips from the last 3 months, even though I submitted what I have and explained the Landesregierung policy. As a precaution, I have printed my bank statement blanking out everything except my last three pay deposits.
I've been looking, and I can't see where this payslip requirement is actually a requirement to be issued a permission to marry. If the person in the Standesamt continues to give me a hard time about it, is there any recourse? Is this a real requirement to get married? Can unemployed immigrants really not get married in Germany? (granted, I'm employed and have been being paid, I'm just shocked if this were true as it seems like a violation of a basic human right.)