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If you have not signed a marriage license but had a religious ceremony then do you still have to have anything filed legally if the marriage ends?

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2011-09-12 22:00:52
2011-09-12 22:00:52

If you never got the marriage licenses then you were never married. So you don't have to file for a divorce. However if you fight over things like who gets what you will probably end up in small claims court or something of that nature.

AnswerSTOP! It depends on where you live!

Do a search on Google for your country/state + "common law marriage" because there are some places that this is still in effect. A common law marriage is basically a marriage where the government did not become involved neccessarily or you may not of even had a ceremony but you (the couple) present yourselves as married. Different places have different rules in regards to common law marriages. There are only a handful of states in the United States that still recognize them.

Example: Sue and Bob live together. Their next door neighbor sees them kissing, hugging, and Sue introduces people to Bob as "This is my husband, Bob". Sue and Bob live in a state that recognizes Common Law marriages meaning that because of the statement of intent and cohabitation they are married. In order to separate they must file for a divorce. Also if they move to a state that doesn't recognize common law marriage they are STILL married because states in the United States recognize marriages from other states and they would still have to file for a divorce to separate.

If you live in a state that doesn't recognize common law marriage you MUST get a marriage license in order for it to be recognized. Most pastors and the like could do that for you if you pay the fee. My parents were wed by a non-denominational minister and they just had a couple things of paperwork to sign in addition to the ceremony. Check with your local library or the clerk's office for more details.

Note: This Answer was written in addressing those individuals who may be from USA, Canada. It is unknown how it applies to other countries.

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