(Closed) In NY, if you marry in church is it recognized by state/law?

posted 9 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
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2144 posts
Buzzing bee

In NYC the officiant has to be registered with I think the city (but maybe the state) to legally perform weddings. If they are legally registered, then it is a legal marriage.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Yes, if you get married in a church, your priest or minister will sign your wedding license and make it legal.  You’ll still need to get your wedding license from the town hall for it to be registered and officially legal.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2008

Check out this page for some help: http://www.cityclerk.nyc.gov/html/marriage/ceremony.shtml

On another note, good luck with the spousal visa process!  Where will you be moving in England?  I love it here in the UK (moved over two years ago from the US).

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

yes, Gilneas is right.

Most churches will not perform the wedding withour a valid marriage certificate.  This document, signed, by your officiant, makes the wedding "legal."

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2008

hi ilovenycmissie,

I moved to England on a work visa, which was sponsored by my company.  We used a lawyer, but the process was reasonably simple.  From what I understand, the process for a spousal visa to enter the UK is relatively straightforward (and much quicker and easier than if you were trying to move your new husband from the UK to the US.)

Are you going to apply for your spousal visa right after getting married in the US, and then move to the UK straightaway once you have the visa in hand? 

Although you won’t be applying for a little while, I’m sure you’re getting your files in order for the supporting materials you’ll need to provide, such as passport with empty pages, evidence of marriage/marriage certificiate (once married, of course!), FI’s identification/confirmation, financial documents (bank statements, employment contracts, etc. from you and your FI), accommodation in England (mortgage, tenancy agreement), photos, any divorce decrees if either of you have been married before, etc.  As you’ve been living apart, I’m not sure if you will have to provide additional evidence as to your relationship, such as travel documents, phone records, email records, letters, etc.   Once submitting the application online, I understand that you can then make your biometrics interview immediately after.  I’m sure you’re on top of these things already, but you can find much more information online at the Home Office website.

I’d also recommend reading some of the immigration threads on an expat forum such as http://talk.uk-yankee.com/

We’ll be going through the spousal visa process over the next year as well (my work visa expires next Spring), so feel free to PM me if you need any support.

 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2008

Oh, and that focus on London won’t go away, so you might as well make your peace with it.  🙂  Even now, people always ask me "How do you like living in London?" and always assume they can meet up with me on a moment’s notice when they’re travelling through London, even though I explain to them that I live a few hours north.

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