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.
Marriage is a legal status and a marriage license is required in the United States. A Christian minister cannot perform a marriage ceremony without a valid marriage license. There would be no valid marriage. A ceremony in which two people commit under religious or social constructs is generally known as a commitment ceremony or is given a specific name by the religious sect. (e.g. convalidation, sealing, handfasting)
Despite the fact that weddings are most often conducted by members of the clergy, marriage itself is a legal agreement that is established by the state, not by the church. Any couple who wish to marry can obtain a marriage license, with no religious ceremony being required. Marriages can be legally enacted by a Justice of the Peace. If an atheist couple did want to have a marriage ceremony, they are perfectly free to have any kind of ceremony that they like. Nothing requires them to have any religious element in their wedding ceremony.
Legally No. But I wanted to marry a man but not legally, i had a wedding ceremony and reception what i didn't have was a marriage license and a priest or justice of the peace or judge. Marriage in the religious sense is a commitment between you and your partner not a legal document. In some states such as Kansas what I did was considered Common Law Marriage. I also didn't have to pay a fortune for a divorce when it didn't work out.
More to the point is that the marriage is not valid without a valid civil marriage license issued by the local town, city or county clerk and unless the marriage is solemnized by an official sanctioned by the state to solemnize marriages.A marriage ceremony in the United States without a marriage license doesn't accomplish anything. The couple would noit be legally married.
First you must have legally dissolved your first marriage. Then you must simply start all over again. You must apply for a marriage license and have someone who is qualified perform the ceremony.First you must have legally dissolved your first marriage. Then you must simply start all over again. You must apply for a marriage license and have someone who is qualified perform the ceremony.First you must have legally dissolved your first marriage. Then you must simply start all over again. You must apply for a marriage license and have someone who is qualified perform the ceremony.First you must have legally dissolved your first marriage. Then you must simply start all over again. You must apply for a marriage license and have someone who is qualified perform the ceremony.
To legally marry, you must meet the requirements of the country/state that you get married in. Most places require that you obtain a marriage license through the court house and have the ceremony performed by an authorized individual. Once they have solemnized the ceremony, they document it on the license and it is returned to the court, who will then issue a marriage certificate. Anything else is not considered a legal marriage.
The civil official at a wedding (the person legally conducting the ceremony) is the registrar. If you marry in church in a country which allows the combination of the civil and religious ceremony the priest is also the registrar. To be legal the marriage register has to be signed and witnessed and a marriage certificate issued. The registrar is responsible for this and for getting the bride, groom and witnesses to sign the register. The people helping the ceremony proceed (from the two families) are called the Ushers.