- 6 years ago
- Wedding: November 2012
Hello! I realize the question sounds stupid, but this is a legitimate question that my fiance and I have.
I am enrolled in a Master’s program and because of my age and financial situation, I pay for a majority of my tuition with financial aid. However, my fiance is done with school, has a good job and is pretty much financially stable, although he bought a house before the economy dipped and is dealing with that financial burden. Our wedding date is at the end of this year, in November 2012, and we have just realized that although marrying later in the year, the marriage status will retroactively affect our finances and taxes for the entire year, meaning there is a possibility that with our combined incomes, I may not be eligible to receive the aid that I need to complete my education. I finish in Spring 2014, so it’s just my taxes for 2012 that I’m worried about, after that we are fine.
In hindsight, we should’ve thought about these matters before we decided on a date and put down deposits on the reception/ceremony venue, caterer, photographer, etc. BUT we failed to do so, so here’s my question:
Is it acceptable and/or legal to go ahead with the ceremony and reception as planned, but wait until January 1 2013 to legally get married (in a courthouse) ?
It has been really stressful talking about this and trying to figure out whether to just eat the money, and so if y’all could help with any advice it would be SO SINCERELY appreciated!