Hello, I am happy to assist. In the state of Washington a civil contract would mean that you hold a marriage license, which would be the official document. Do you hold anything similiar from another country?
Yes, the US immigration office recognized it while processing our citizenship.
Then you would also be legally married in the US
I have a client who think they are married common law sense, but what specific action do they have to do in Washington? They both lived in WA before and after common law marriage. They are both in their fifties.
For your client... Do they currently reside in Washington State
And do they believe they have a common law marriage through the state of Washington?
WA is not a common law marriage state. That's the problem.
That is correct, therefore the only way they can be legally married in the state of Washington is to apply for a marriage license and have it signed by someone legally allowed to perform marriages in the state of Washington.
Good. Now I am comfortable with their tax filing.