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do you know why there is a waiting period after getting a marriage

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do you know why there is a waiting period after getting a marriage license?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  originallawyer replied 1 year ago.
Traditionally, it was to prevent marriages under coercion. If there's a waiting period, it's much harder for someone to be forced into a marriage they do not wish to be in.

It was meant also to add to the gravity of entering into a marriage. If you have to wait 72 hours before using the license, that might stop an impulse marriage that both parties later regret.

In most cases, if the matter is truly urgent, a Judge can authorize the issuance of a marriage license without a waiting period, but it depends on the Judge and the circumstances.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

During the waiting period, does the court house check for things like previous marriages, if you have arrest warrants, etc?

Expert:  originallawyer replied 1 year ago.
No, the court doesn't do anything during that time. The license is issued, but cannot be used validly until 72 hours have passed.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Can you answer 1 more question? Do you know if someone can get in trouble for not submitting a social security representative payee form?

Expert:  originallawyer replied 1 year ago.
That would greatly depend on the circumstances. I wouldn't be worried that applying for a marriage license would trigger something like that.
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