Post # 1
I am a CA resident and getting married in Cancun. I emailed my county recorders office becuase the FAQ page for wedding certificates says that foreign marriage certificates cannot be recorded in CA unless you file a petition and have a court hearing. I emailed them to ask them what this means to me. Does it mean our marriage is not recognized where we live? I am not sure. Their response is as follows:
“You cannot be married in CA if you have already been married in another country. If you wish to have your marriage recognized in CA and obtain a CA marriage certificate you cannot be legally married already.”
I still wonder exactly what this means to me and my FH. Can we not file taxes as a married couple? Can we not legally do things as a married couple? Is a CA marriage certificate required? What would it mean if we do not have a CA marriage certificate? These are all questions I asked them but the above response is all I got.
Soooo….I am wondering if I can hear from some brides in CA who got married in a foreign country for some input. I know I am not the only CA resident who has gotten (planning to) married in a foreign country.
Thansk for your input!!
Post # 3
Hi, did anyone respond to you? I have the same question. I was married in Japan but want to register/record it in California. On the internet it says I have to file a petition in Superior Court to establish a Court Order Delayed Certificate of marriage.
Post # 4
Wondering what ended up happening with you both. I am getting married in Mexico in a few months & it’s looking like the same process when we return to the states (CA) if I want to change my name…..
Post # 5
I didn’t get married in a different country but in FL you go to clerk of court to register and then have so many weeks to file that a marriage took place. Almost like a temporary marriage license, after the wedding it is signed by the officiant and witnesses and then returned to your local county clerk of courts.
Post # 6
@Lovez: Yep, that’s the process in most states however my state (CA & most Others) will only record their own certificates, no foreign certificates so I’m left with a marriage certificate in spanish with no record in the US…. I just called my local social security office & they said that they will accept the foreign spanish certificate for my name change- yippie!!