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My son is getting married. He and s fiancé planned to

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My son is getting married. He and his fiancé planned to get married in Antarctica in a few weeks. However, they found out they have no government and the ships captain won't marry them. Their plans are set. So, they have turned to their local pastor to marry them before. But, I suggested that, if they really want to be married in Antarctica, which they do, that they sign their marriage license ahead of time and have their pastor Skype in or phone in on the ship and marry them while they are in Antarctica. If that isn't legal, then I suggested that they have the pastor marry them, but wait to date the marriage license until the day they are in Antarctica so they will be legally wed in Antarctica. They would prefer the first option. Can a pastor marry in the US marry legally marry them over the phone? If not, can they post date their license?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  MIAMILAW1127 replied 1 year ago.

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What makes the marriage legally enforceable/binding is the execution of the marriage license in front of a notary. The pastor would be conducting a symbolic ceremony, but the pastor declaring them husband and wife is not what makes the marriage legally binding.

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Expert:  MIAMILAW1127 replied 1 year ago.

They should see if there is a notary on the ship that would be able to notarized the document for them and have the pastor conduct the ceremony over Skype.

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