If a certificate is obtained for marriage but never filed after the ceremony, is the couple legally married?

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If a certificate is obtained for marriage but never filed after the ceremony, is the couple legally married?

Is there a need for a legal divorce?

Asked on January 17, 2012 under Family Law, Texas

Answers:

Kelly Broadbent / Broadbent & Taylor

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If you applied for a marriage certificate, and it was never filed, it was not a valid marriage.  You should check with the municipality that you applied for your license to make sure that they do not have a valid certificate on file for your marriage.

In Massachusetts, you must provide a certified copy of the marriage certificate to obtain a divorce.  Without that certificate, you cannot initiate a case for divorce.


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