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Is it possible to obtain a marriage license with a backdated

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Olivia Kent
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A marriage license can only be dated with the date on which it is issued. This is done b/c most states require you to wait a requisite number of dates prior to marrying and backdating the license would allow someone to circumvent that requirement. Please let me know if I've answered your question. If I have answered your question, if you wouldn't mind, could you please take a moment to submit a rating so that I receive credit for working with you. If you have any follow up questions I would be *happy* to answer them. Experts only get credit for the time and effort we spend on our answers if you rate positively - 5 stars is definitely appreciated but not required! It DOES NOT cost you anything at all to submit a rating; it just allows me to get credit for helping you - otherwise I get no credit at all. You CAN still ask follow up questions after rating. There may be a lag between your question and my answer; this is because I'm either not at my computer or helping someone else but I assure you I will ALWAYS come back and answer your question.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
What about in the event of a lack of license at time of marriage, but good faith belief the certificate was sufficient. Not until many years later is it learned a license is required? Established life and family to support claim of living as a married couple.
*Note: this is not for contemplation of divorce, only for purposes of family legitimacy.

I really am sorry to be the bearer of bad news but I’m afraid if you didn’t have a valid marriage license then there’s no way to backdate your marriage license to make it valid. Even if you do have or did have a good faith belief that the license was valid. I really wish I could tell you otherwise, believe me. I have an ethical duty to tell you the truth, even if it is bad news :(

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Ok thank you.
It was my understanding that on a putative spouse basis a Court Order Delayed Certificate of Marriage may be appropriate or possible.
Appreciate your time.

In a case like this it absolutely does not hurt to try. You very literally have nothing to lose by trying, especially if there was no fraud or deceit on your part.

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