(Closed) Out of State Marriage License Confusion – Help!

posted 10 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

You are correct, usually you get your wedding license in the state you are getting married.  Each state has different rules.  Ours we had to get in the county we were getting married in, so we weren’t able to get it until two days before the wedding.  I would check with the county clerk’s office where you are getting married for their exact requirements.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Yup, it must be from the state you are being married in. I live in MA and got married in ME – I have a ME marriage license.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2010

You’re right.  You need to have the marriage license from the state, and usually the county, where your wedding ceremony will be held.  (There may be limited exceptions to this, though!)  It sounds like he may be concerned about California’s laws regarding division of property in the event of a divorce, but that would apply to you only if you are living in California.  I was married in Michigan, but I live in Illinois.  Illinois law recognizes my marriage, but I’m not subject to Michigan law while I live in Illinois.  If you’re really concerned you might want to talk to an attorney to confirm one way or the other. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee

If this is a big deal for your fiance, you could always get legally married in Arkansas and then have your wedding in California.

I don’t think the state where you get married has anything to do with legal issues like divorce. I mean, people who are married in other countries aren’t held to those countries’ marriage laws. I think it only matters what state you live in when you get divorced. Of course, your fiance could be worried about completely different laws that we don’t know about.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I would call the county in California, and ask what their requirements are.

We’re getting married in Napa, and you have to have a specific license from the County of Napa. 

Just so you know, it’s pretty easy to get a license in CA…just arrive for your wedding a few days before, and make it your first priority to get the license.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

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@Keetsy: I did go to ND (and got married in the Basilica!).  I was in Howard, you?

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

We are getting married in MD and live in PA.  MD is the ONLY state where you can have your home county courthouse sign the needed paperwork and then send to MD, and have MD send you the marriage license in the mail.  Just received ours two days ago.  So exciting…………. We will be having a beach wedding in August.  You will have to actually fly to Cal. to get yours.

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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@Keetsy:  I think I would be more willing to believe the California county clerk than the Arkansas one, especially since that’s where the wedding will be.  It would be so sad for you to have to find out on your wedding day that you need a separate ceremony in another state to make it legal. Your officiant would probably be able to tell you, too. I feel like they somtimes know the rules almost better than anyone!  Good luck!

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