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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: 9 months ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Loren replied 9 months ago.

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

Expert:  Loren replied 9 months ago.

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

Expert:  Loren replied 9 months ago.

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Expert:  Loren replied 9 months 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 9 months ago.

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