Post # 1
Calling all Legal Bees!
My fiancee and I are both US citizens and residents of California. We will have our civil marriage in the UK, and I understand this will be recognized by the US, but we apparently have to fill out a court-ordered petition to legally file our British certificate of marriage with the registry in California. Any brides have experience with this process? Is it pretty straightforward?
A few questions:
1. Should I legally change my last name with the DMV/Social Security before petitioning for the “Court-ordered Delay of Certificate of Marriage”?
If I were to register my certificate of marriage first, and then changed my last name legally, would that mean I would have to amend my marriage certificate to reflect my new married name? My British certificate would still have my maiden name because I don’t plan on changing my name until after we’re married..ugh, maybe I should just save myself the trouble and just keep my maiden name? It’s way more awesome than his name, anyway…
2. We are getting married in Dec 2012 and won’t physically be able to register in person until 2013. I heard the process to file can take up to 6 months! If our documents are not processed until 2013, will we be considered legally married in 2012 (the date of the actual marriage) for tax purposes? Or does our marriage only become valid when all docs are processed and completed in 2013?
Looking forward to the responses! Thanks!
Post # 3
You won’t be able to change your name without the marriage certificate. Most of them have your maiden name on them, mine does and it doesn’t need to be changed.
I’m not sure about the legally married thing but I would check with the courts in California before filing as married.
Post # 4
@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: Thank you so much for your response. I really appreciate it as I’ve called everyone I could think of: County Clerk’s office, Atty General’s office (BTW, pretty much impossible to get anyone on the phone), and even the British Consulate (I guess they’ve disappeared because of the April holidays?). I’m totally confused as to where I can record that we were married overseas — and I’m surprised I can’t do that in my county. Hopefully someone on this board knows! Thanks, again!
Post # 5
try the U.S. Embassy in London. They’ve probably dealt with this question before.
Post # 6
A legal marriage certificate from the UK office of Births, Deaths, and Marriages should be sufficient for any purposes in the US. I’ve never heard of such a filing with the courts to recognize it or file it to get a certificate in CA. While it may be possible, who is telling you such a thing is required and why?
Post # 6
Hi Cartesienne! I realize that this post was 3 years ago, but I am going through the same situation now and am hoping that you can share what the solution was to this issue. I got married in Germany last year (I’m American, my husband is German), but we decided to move back to the U.S. My passport had already been updated to my married name, but the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) won’t let me update my driver license until I have my bilingual (German/English) marriage license “filed” or “registered” in the state of Texas. I have since called the County Clerk’s Office, DPS again, and the Secretary of State, and no one seems to know what I should do. Each agency keeps referring me to another agency. So frustrating!
What was the solution for you? I realize that CA may have a different system in place than TX, but maybe not! I’d really appreciate any tips!
Post # 7
Your marriage is valid here and everywhere that recognizes the type of marriage you are in. You can use your current marriage documents to chance your name with social security, liscensing, etc, etc.
it is your choice wether or not to have your marriage put on record where you live. It’s not necessary.
I know this as I was married I Mexico both religiously and civilly. I have had no issues with my marriage certificate. My name is changed and my marriage cert has been accepted for all purposes of proving valid marriage.