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No. Marriage is a legal arrangement under civil law. That means marriage in the United States is restricted and governed by state laws. Therefore, in order to be considered legally married the parties must meet all the requirements for a valid marriage in the state where they will be married.

A legal marriage bestows a host of legal rights under state and federal law, benefits and obligations. The most important of those legal rights are related to inheritance, health insurance, government entitlements and child custody. The children born of the marriage will be considered legitimate and both parents share all the rights and responsibilities of parenthood. In the case of a couple who is not legally married, the mother is considered the custodial parent unless the father establishes his paternity in court.

Religious clergy, along with many other civil officials and civilians with permits, are permitted by the government to perform marriage ceremonies but only when the parties have obtained a civil marriage license. A couple who has only a religious ceremony is not legally married.

Several states still recognize common law marriages. However, common law marriage generally does not always bestow all the legal rights as formal marriage.

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When are you legally married?

States have established laws pertaining to the legal requirements of marriage. A couple is legally married when they have met the requirements for a legal marriage in the state where they reside. In the past, a marriage that was legal in one state would be recognized as legal in another. However, some states do not recognize common law marriages that were legal in another state and most states do not recognize same sex marriages performed in the few states where they are legal. Fifteen states recognize common law marriages although some have restrictions. Alabama, Colorado, District of Columbia, Georgia (before 1/97), Idaho (before (1/96), Iowa, Kansas, Montana, New Hampshire (pertains to inheritance rights), Ohio, Oklahoma (with rather odd stipulations) Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah. However, common law marriages also have specified requirements for them to be considered "legal". See the links below for more information.

What is the legal age to marry in Michigan?

Answer . \nThose persons who are at least sixteen but under eighteen must have the permission of the parents or legal guardian. Anyone who is fifteen must have the permission of the parents or legal guardian and also the court. Anyone under the age of fifteen is not allowed to marry in the state of Michigan.

What is the legal age in Texas to get married?

Answer . Persons who are at least 18-years of age are considered adults and do not need parental or guardian consent to obtain a marriage license. Minors between the ages of 14 and 17-years of age must have written parental consent on the official form signed in the presence of the county clerk, or have an order from the Texas district court authorizing the marriage. Minors under the age of 14-years are not allowed to marry unless the minor under the age of 14 is pregnant and the couple are willing.Then they must have both parents sign a parental consent on the official form in the presence of the county clerk and have an order from the Texas district court authorizing the marriage..

How old do you have to be in Indiana to get married legally?

Answer . I believe in most places it's 16, but you need to check with the Indiana state law book on the age to marry for girls and boys since usually the lesser applies to girls or guys or which ever comes first.\n. \n . \n A 17-year-old may marry with the parental permission. A 15 or 16-year-old must have parental permission and the consent of a judge of the circuit court in the county of residence; anyone under the age of 15 cannot be married. These laws apply to both genders.

Can you legally get married through the mail?

Yes, you are able to legally get mailed through the mail. You areable to fill out the marriage license form and mail it through thenotary of republic.

Is it legal to marry your cousin?

It is legal to marry your cousin and to have kids with them. I should know, I'm married to my cousin and we have 3 perfect kids. If they were deformed, it would have nothing to do with the fact that you were cousins most of the time. Another answer: Lucky you. None of my chilren are perfect, and my spouse is from another culture altogether. Legally, different states (and countries) have different laws about whom you may or may not marry. Some restrict first-cousin marriages; some don't.

Is it legal to marry your brother-in-law?

If he's not married and there's no blood relationship, you can if you want, and if he agrees. If he is single and you also is free and you there is love binding between you then go on.

How do you become legal by marrying citizen?

Even if you marry an American citizen, you would still need to get a green card, etc., and it can happen that spouses of American citizens do not get these. The best thing would be to consult with a lawyer to make sure that you take all the right steps in the right order.

Who can be considered legally married?

In the United States you must apply for a marriage license and then have someone perform the ceremony in order to enjoy the full legal benefits of marriage.

Can a transsexual person get married legally?

Yes and no it depends on the state. Most states will allow a post-op transsexual marry a person of the opposite sex of their new gender and will still honor a marriage previous to gender reassignment surgery.

Is it legal to marry if you are not divorced?

It is illegal to marry someone else if you are not divorced from a previous spouse. The charge is bigamy. Also, the second marriage would be invalid.

Can you legally marry if you or they are currently married?

No. The law requires a person to be legally divorced before he or she can remarry.. Any marriage previous to a final divorce decree would not be legal and might constitute bigamy.

What happens legally and financially when you get married?

When someone marries, he is legally bound to one spouse and is notsupposed to marry another without divorce. Financially, they aresupposed to support each other and a spouse gets some rights overthe marital property.

How many times can you be legally married?

I do not believe there is a cut off. I have heard of people who have been married nine times. I guess these are people who really want to be married, but just can't seem to get the hang of it!

Is it legal to be married by the captain of a ship?

Officially licensed Ship's Captains, on officially flagged vessels, ARE authorized to conduct marriage ceremonies, while underway in open, international waters.

Can I legally marry myself?

i would really like to know the answer to this question. only noticed a Korean man married with pillow

What is the legal age to get married in Maryland?

Parental consent is needed if under 18 years of age. If you are between 16-18 years of age, one of your parents or guardian must be with you and provide written consent. If you are under 16 years of age, you will need both the written consent of your custodial parent or guardian and the written approval of a judge of the Orphans' Court Division of the Court of Common Pleas. If you are under 18, pregnant or have a child, and show a certificate from a licensed physician stating you are pregnant or have had a child, the parental consent requirement may be waived. see link

What is the legal age to marry in Utah?

You must be 15 to get married in Utah. If you are 18 or over you don't need consent to be married. Those aged 16 or 17 may get married with parental permission. If you are 15 you need; the juvenile court to approve the marriage and show it is in the best interests of the minor and they might impose other conditions or counselling. Those under 18 who have previously been married do not need parental permission if they wish to marry again.

What is the legal age to be married in California?

The age to get married in most places in the US, including California, is 18. They will allow 16 or 17 year olds to get married if they have parental permission. Some will allow it with a court order..

When can i legally get married?

This really depends on where you live but in most cases you can get married at any age as long as you have parental consent.

Can a transsexual get married legally?

Yes, once they change their sex on their birth certificate.. Answer: . It depends on the state and country they are in, some do not recognize the surgery as changing sex, others do.

Is it legal to marry a sibling?

I'm open to correction, but I think that in every country in the world it is illegal. Differs from place to place, and who it is that you want to marry.Marrying a brother or a sister is a no-no everywhere, but a cousinmight be OK - although not that suitable. The risk for certainbirth defects increases a lot.

Can you legally marry your third cousin?

There is no law that would prevent you from marrying a third cousin. There are many states and places where you can marry your first cousin.

If you married but don't have it recorded are you legally married?

In the United States, generally, the official who performs the marriage returns the signed marriage license to the town that issued it and that becomes the public record of your marriage. If your marriage isn't officially recorded for some reason then you have no proof you were legally married. In that case you would need to go back and obtain proof the license was issued and the ceremony was performed.

Is your husband legal if you were legally married?

If you're in the US and assuming you're talking about immigration issues... Merely marrying a US citizen does not make someone 'legal' or give them the right to remain in the country.

Can you get married in Mexico and not be legally married in the US?

If the marriage is legal in Mexico, it should be legal in the US. One exception is for same-sex marriage. If you marry someone of the same-sex in Mexico City, that marriage will not be recognized in most of the United States.

Is it legal to marry without legal representation?

Your question is not entirely clear. One must comply with the marriage laws of one's state (residency requirement, marriage license, legal age, etc.), and the person performing the marriage must be legally authorized to do so (clergyman, justice of the peace, ship's captain, etc.), but it is not necessary for any party to have a lawyer or "legal representation" in that regard.

Are you legally married if you were married in Jamaica?

I literally got this off of the front page of Google : The marriage is legal in the United States as long as itis legally performed in Jamaica . ... The Marriage Register is NOT a legal document. Its morelike a receipt to say you got married . You must obtain a certified copy of your marriage certificatefrom the Registrar General's Department.

Can you marry an illegal and make them legal?

The original answer: "Yes, you can. if you marry an illegal immigrant you then make them an U.S. citizen" is false. Be aware, however, that marrying a citizen does not automatically make an illegal alien eligible for citizenship. Specifically, a foreigner who illegally entered the United States and later married a citizen may only become eligible for legal status after leaving the U.S. for 5 or 10 years before returning. \n\n\n\n\n\n MAYBE. I say maybe because to\ngain a 'green card' the illegal MUST leave the country after the \nmarriage and attend an interview at a local US embassy in their home \ncountry. Because they were illegal in the first place you will need \nstrict factual evidences besides a marriage certificate to prove there \nis an actual bona fide marital relationship. Otherwise they will deny it\nand ban them. If they are accepted, they WILL need to pay fines \nfor having been in the country illegally. If they eventually get a green\ncard, three years later they can apply to become a US citizen. \nBe aware, however, that marrying a citizen does not automatically make \nan illegal alien eligible for citizenship. Specifically, a foreigner who\nillegally entered the United States and later married a citizen may \nonly become eligible for legal status after leaving the US. for 5 or 10 \nyears before returning. If, however the US embassy determines \nthat the illegal entry was "for the SOLE purpose of marrying to obtain \ncitizenship", the marriage will be annulled and the alien will be banned\npermanently from entry into the US..

If you marry an illegal is your marriage legal?

Yes. Citizenship is not required for marriage, nor does the town/city clerk ask the applicants if they are citizens. A foreigner may show a foreign passport as identification when applying for a marriage license. Be aware, however, that marrying a citizen does not automatically make an illegal alien eligible for citizenship. Specifically, a foreigner who illegally entered the United States and later married a citizen may only become eligible for legal status after leaving the U.S. for 5 or 10 years before returning.

What is the legal age to get married in America?

The laws vary from state to state. In most the legal age is 18 though a few have it set at 19 or 21. All of the states will allow someone as young as 16 to get married with parental permission.

How do you legally get married?

Generally in the US, you must apply for a marriage license in the town where you live and have the marriage performed by an official sanctioned by the state who will sign the license and return it to the town clerk.

If you marry an illegal alien is it legal?

MAYBE. I say maybe because to gain a 'green card' the illegal MUST leave the country after the marriage and attend an interview at a local US embassy in their home country. Because they were illegal in the first place you will need strict factual evidences besides a marriage certificate to prove there is an actual bona fide marital relationship. Otherwise they will deny it and ban them. If they are accepted, they WILL need to pay fines for having been in the country illegally. If they eventually get a green card, three years later they can apply to become a US citizen. Be aware, however, that marrying a citizen does not automatically make an illegal alien eligible for citizenship. Specifically, a foreigner who illegally entered the United States and later married a citizen may only become eligible for legal status after leaving the US. for 5 or 10 years before returning. If, however the US embassy determines that the illegal entry was "for the SOLE purpose of marrying to obtain citizenship", the marriage will be annulled and the alien will be banned permanently from entry into the US.

Is marrying an illegal immigrant legal?

Marrying a citizen is not enough to get citizenship. If themarriage was done to get citizenship and there was no love orcommittment, the marriage is illegal.

Which states is it legal to marry cousins?

Well if they are fourth cousin and further away in relation you can legally marry them in any state.

Is it legal to date a married woman?

no, it would get you in trouble if found out from the husband or wife.

Is it legal to marry an alpaca?

As long as it is a loving monogamous relationship. My problem was trying to marry two people and an alpaca. It was a nightmare.

Where can you marry multiple wives legal?

Many African, Middle Eastern, and Asian countries allow polygamy. The United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and all of Europe have made it illegal.

Is 15 legal age to get marry?

Not in most of the world. Almost all jurisdictions require you tobe at least 16 and have parental permission to get married.

When can a person in Victoria legally get married?

If by Victoria you mean the Australian state, and not the English one, then females can be as young as fourteen - men, sixteen. However, you will have to have your parent's and judge's/magistrate's permission. Once a female becomes sixteen, she will then only need a parent's permission, and it is entirely her decision after eighteen years of age (likewise with a male eighteen-year-old).

Is it legal to marry your mom?

No. That is not legal anywhere. No. That is not legal anywhere. No. That is not legal anywhere. No. That is not legal anywhere.

Can you legal get married in Mexico if you are married in the US?

No. Your US marriage must be dissolved through a divorce decree. No. Your US marriage must be dissolved through a divorce decree. No. Your US marriage must be dissolved through a divorce decree. No. Your US marriage must be dissolved through a divorce decree.

How does an illegal marry someone who is legal?

Being an undocumented alien is a statutory tort against the state, the remedy for which could be removal from the country, which could make it difficult or impossible to cohabitate with your spouse. However, if you prove the marriage is genuine for the purposes of immigration law, you may be able to use that as a basis to apply for a visa, although as an undocumented alien you may have to apply from outside the country. Such a marriage will be investigated by the USCIS to be sure it is not a sham being used solely to remain in the country. It is a federal crime to use the existence of or proof of a marriage which was entered into solely to support an attempt to obtain a visa to support an application for a visa, and not for the lawful reasons to enter into a marriage. Your status as an undocumented alien is distinct from your capacity to marry. You need only have the capacity and the desire to get married. A State court judge or magistrate can perform a civil ceremony, after which you have to obtain a marriage license or certificate. Clerics are also authorized by the State to solemnize marriages.

Can you legally marry your father in law?

If you have obtained a divorce from your spouse, in most jurisdictions you could marry your former father-in-law as long as he isn't already married. If you have obtained a divorce from your spouse, in most jurisdictions you could marry your former father-in-law as long as he isn't already married. If you have obtained a divorce from your spouse, in most jurisdictions you could marry your former father-in-law as long as he isn't already married. If you have obtained a divorce from your spouse, in most jurisdictions you could marry your former father-in-law as long as he isn't already married.

Is it legal to marry your half brother?

In all 50 states, it is illegal to marry your half sibling, whether it be a brother of sister. Although, it is not considered incest if you were to have sexual intercourse with them.

What is the legal age to marry inTurkey?

You have to be 18 years old or 17 with parental consent. You can marry at 16 in special circumstances with court approval.

Can you legally get married at 17?

Marriage laws vary from state to state. Most states allow minors below 18 to marry with parental and/or judicial consent. Some states allow female minors who are pregnant to marry without parental or judicial consent.

When is it legal to marry a cousin?

The states of Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, DC, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia all allow first cousins to marry. First cousin marriages are also allowed in the following states under certain circumstances: Arizona if both are 65 or older, or one is unable to reproduce; Illinois if both are 50 or older, or one is unable to reproduce; Indiana if both are at least 65; Maine if the couple obtains a physician's certificate of genetic counseling; Utah if both are 65 or older, or if both are 55 or older and one is unable to reproduce; Wisconsin if the woman is 55 or older or one is unable to reproduce.

Is it legal to file taxes married if you are not married?

You cannot file a joint income tax return unless you are married.Whether or not you are married is determined by state law.

Is it legal to marry your dog in California?

No, I know of no place on Earth where marriage between a human anda dog would be recognized legally.