Again, my apologies for the wait.
At this point, you have one option - you have to file in the family court
to have your marriage recognized, and get a Court order validating your marriage. While you do not have an official marriage per se
, you have something called a "common law marriage
In Pennsylvania, a common law marriage is recognized and receives the same benefits as a full marriage if both of you show up before the court after filing the petition and state that you have (1) believed yourselves to be married, (2) acted as such, and (3) made yourselves out to be a such to others. This is called "verba in praesenti." The marriage had to have occurred before 2005. 23 PA § 1103
Once the court hears the testimony and considers the petition, it should render a judgment officiating the marriage and then that judgment should be as good as a marriage license.
The whole matter can actually be quite fast - executed within a two weeks or so. However, an attorney is highly recommended due to the nuances associated with filing such a petition. May I recommend the PA Bar Referral program...http://www.pabar.org/public/membership/lrsblurb.asp
...the attorneys are vetted and qualified and the service is free. Then you can cross-reference the name(s) on www.avvo.com
for client reviews, Bar history, and metrics.
Doing this, you should be able to find an attorney you are confident with and whom you can trust, and who is available ASAP.IMPORTANT INFO
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