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My niece got marriage license but the marriage was never

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My niece got marriage license but the marriage was never officiated just notarized by a notary. Is this marriage legal?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Loren replied 1 year ago.

Good morning. I am Loren, a licensed attorney, and I look forward to assisting you.

Expert:  Loren replied 1 year ago.

Even though never officiated, was it signed by an officiant and returned to the county clerk.

Expert:  Loren replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  Loren replied 1 year ago.

Unless the marriage license was signed by an officiant and returned to the county for filing, the marriage does not legally exist. In other words, the mere act of obtaining a license to marry, without following up with further required acts to marry does not create a legally recognized marriage

Expert:  Loren replied 1 year ago.

So, no, if the marriage was never solemnized and signed off by an officiant, it is not a legal marriage.

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