(Closed) Surprise! So it turns out that we're not legally married!

posted 5 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
634 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@cmbr:  What?  That’s crazy!

Post # 4
7445 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

Ugh! That was my worst nightmare. I’m sorry that happened to you guys 🙁

Post # 5
480 posts
Helper bee

Ugh! That’s awful! What does this mean for your legal “anniversary”?

Post # 6
9955 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Beyond crazy…

Soooo Sorry this happened to you guys.

BUT… Oh what a story !!

The kids, grandkids and their off-spring will be telling this one for the next 100+ years.


Post # 7
5966 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Holy crap!!!!!

Wow, that’s really ironic.  Could you just get legally married in your curent state (city hall style) and discard the old lisence?  Or do you have to actually deal with the first one?

Well, you seem to have a good attitude about it.  One day, this will be a funny story in your history.

Post # 8
2115 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

@cmbr:  My parents technically have a common law marriage as opposed to a legal one. My dad’s name is George, but was raised as Jorge (the hospital wouldn’t let his parents give them Mexican names). He didn’t start going by George until after my brother, Jorge, was born. So, when it came time to sign the marriage license, he signed it Jorge instead of George. Never bothered to get it fixed.

Post # 9
166 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Yikes!   That is a nightmare.  And such a stupid thing (both that they only accept black pen and that your officiant tried to trace the names).

Do you really have to go back to the original location to re-do the legal part of it?   Since they aren’t accepting the ceremony/certificate as valid, if you have to do it again you might as well just do a city hall/JP deal close to you.

Post # 10
159 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Oh, you poor thing! You seem to be taking it well, so good on you for that 🙂

Really, that’s terrible on the officiant’s part…

Good luck!

Post # 12
300 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@cmbr:  I feel your pain!  NJ can’t agree on what township our ceremony actually took place in, so we still aren’t legally married over two months later!  I hope your issue gets resolved more quickly than ours has!

Post # 13
11272 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

omg, this is crazy.  i keep wondering what colour ink i signed in now.

Post # 14
9142 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@cmbr:  I would reapply for it on my first anniversary and have a party with a quick vow renewal so you can resign the document and refile it with your same anniversary date.  No matter what you do, it will eventually be a funny story in a few years.

Post # 15
14496 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@cmbr:  LOL!  The same thing happened to us!!  We had our officiant (his aunt) sign our marriage certificate and I just handed her a blue pen.  Then after she signed, I read the damn thing and it said black pen only.  Oops.  So we found a black pen and she went over the blue.  Well, they rejected it for the same reason and ended up sending her another to resign.

Post # 16
5191 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

@cmbr:  Our officiant wrote the wrong year on our certificate. That was a hassle to get amended. 

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