Post # 1
I think I’ve been asking this question a million times but I’m still trying to wrap it around my head.
DH and I were married legally in Cancun, Mexico. We have the marriage certificate.
From what I understand, Canada (Ontario specifically) recognizes our marriage as valid already. What I am confused is … without registering or declaring… how does the government know I’m married?
On my taxes?
DH and I live apart right now. I’m renting, he’s renting from his friend. We’re trying to save up for a place of our own. I don’t plan on changing my last name just yet until we’ve moved into a new place (plus all the paperwork that comes along with work).
I think what it bothering me is that I feel like I am lying to the government without an official registation? Or … is that how it’s supposed to work? We dont’ have any joint accounts or own anything together. Heck we don’t even live together… so even though we’re officially married, will it not be on government documents until next year’s tax returns?
Post # 3
OK – not 100% sure about Canada…. but in the US, your officiant has to file the marriage certificate with the state of residence – even though you were married in a different country.
Post # 4
If you have a marriage certificate from Government of Canada then the Registrar General will have all your marriage information. The government does know you are married even if you aren’t living together.
Post # 5
Oh never mind I think I was wrong your marriage won’t be registered in Ontario since you didn’t get married here.
Post # 6
Did you send your registration paperwork off when you got back? I know we have to do that after the wedding. I believe that’s how they know, regardless of what houses you live in.
Post # 7
@Snow00774: Send it where? What’s what I’ve been trying to find out. Are we supposed to send it somewhere? The Ontario website says that if we got married outside of Canada, we don’t register. I am confused.
Post # 8
I found this post on another forum – apparently you are legally married here and only need to do anything if you need to use your foriegn marriage certificate to do anything – it would have to be officially translated. Congratulations on the marriage btw!
I had the same experience as Nicole. If you are legally married outside of Canada, your marriage is automatically recognized here. What you have to do is have your foreign marriage certificate translated into English and certified by a certified translator. I’m from Ontario and used a translator from The Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ontario (ATIO), in particular:
Florinda Lages, ATIO Certified Translator, M.A., B.A. Portuguese-English / Spanish-English / French-English 11 Rothsay Ave. Toronto, ON M8Z 4L9 Tel.: 416-201-0390 Cell: 416-318-3792
Anyone at ATIO can do this for you and it only cost around $50. Here is the link to their site: ATIO – Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ontario – Directory Search
Some brides have been able to use their original, untranslated, marriage licence to change their name, but I couldn’t. I started at the Ministry of Transportation to change my driver’s licence and they refused to accept it. That’s when I contacted ATIO.
Hope this helps – there are also other threads on this topic which go into further detail.
I found it on the Best Destination Wedding forum if you want to go looking for those other threads she mentions 🙂
Post # 9
They will know when you file your taxes and declare yourself married.
You don’t need to register, just as immigrants who come here are just as married as people who get married here.
The translation is just needed to prove that it is a marriage certificate to people who can’t read the native language. But it isn’t registered here. You are married.
Post # 10
We just got married in Hawaii and we live in Manitoba. Government will know that you got married when you file your income tax because you need to update your marital status. I don’t think you need to register anything. I will get a certificate of name/surname change and that way Vital Statistics will know that now I’m married.
Post # 11
We will be married in Hawaii in November, and we are just wondering this issue as well. As I am Canadian-Permanent Residence holder Japanese, living in Ontario, I know that I have to submit a document to Japanese Embassy to update my family registry in Japan. But my fiance is pure Canadian, and we don’t have to do anything for Canadian Government? This sounds really odd to me…as Japan requires something but not Canada? Like Canada is that relaxed country??
Post # 11
I have the same question:
My fiance and I are planning on getting married in TC. The lady I spoke to there said we are married everywhere but need to register the certificate when we return to canada. If we don’t register it when we return home are we still married?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Post # 12
- Wedding: March 2016 - Surfer's Beach, Grand Cayman
You have to update your status with CRA immediately, don’t wait to update it on your taxes. Nothing else needs to be done as far as I’m aware.
Post # 13
All I know is that you have to send your paperwork off somewhere in northern ontario (sudbury or the Sault) for it to be validated (sorry I can’t be more helpful than that, but hopefully it will help point you on the right track) this is why a lot of people do the courthouse thing then get married again for a DW, less annoying paperwork
Post # 14
Ok thank you so much guys I really appreciate it. 🙂