Adopted by the United Nations in December 2013, Article 16 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states,
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“Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality, or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during the marriage, and at its dissolution. Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.”
Simply put, consenting human beings of a particular age have the right to marry. That said, the sanctioning of marriage is controlled by governments.
Interestingly, the states of North Carolina and Tennessee (Tennessee was once part of North Carolina) never recognized marriage at the common law as legitimate.
Today, the federal government mandates that marriages be recognized from state to state. Further, a movement remains afoot that ensures that states have some sort of conformity with marriage laws and licensing practices.
How to get a marriage license or a marriage certificate? Where to get a marriage license? How long does it take to get a marriage license? How to apply for a marriage license? How to get a copy of the marriage license? And how much does it cost to get a marriage license?
This article aims at illuminating and guiding you through the process of applying for a marriage license and how to obtain a marriage license.
Marriage license process
Given the numerous items that every engaged couple must contend with, filing a marriage license application and obtaining the marriage license can often feel like the most daunting.
If you plan on getting married in the United States, know who you are authorized to marry in the United States. Given sweeping changes in recent years, heterosexual and homosexual partners may marry.
However, some individuals who cannot give informed consent, specifically those with significant mental disabilities, may not be able to marry. Age is also an important consideration. In most states, 18 is the legal age of marriage.
In a few states, individuals younger than the age of 18 may marry with parental consent before marrying. In the great state of Nebraska, the legal age to marry is 19. Persons younger than 19 must obtain notarized parental consent.
It is also important to ensure that you are not closely related to the individual that you intend to marry. Most states will not allow marriage to an individual who is closely related to you.
Step 2– Terminate current marriages
We hate to mention this, but some individuals still do not realize that an existing marriage must be terminated before you consider a second marriage. If you are currently married in the eyes of the court, it is illegal to remarry.
And did we mention just plain immoral? Before you move on to a second, third, or subsequent marriage, please ensure that any “old ones” are legally finished. Your new spouse thanks you too.
All states and counties will insist on proof of identity when you apply for a marriage license. Some jurisdictions may require multiple forms of identification.
In most cases, you will also be required to provide your Social Security Number. This does not necessarily mean that you will have to produce a physical card. Often, tax returns help establish “SSN to the court.
Passports, driver’s licenses, military id cards, and the like serve as suitable examples of identification. Some states will ask to see a valid birth certificate.
Do not wait until the week of the marriage to try to obtain all of these documents if you do not have them.
Where do you get your marriage license?
Before the blessed documents for a marriage license can be placed in the mail, partners need to know where one must go to obtain a marriage license.
In most judicatories, marriage licenses may be obtained by appearing in person at the county court, which is typically situated at the county seat.
The license seeker must present appropriate identification and submit the application for a marriage license to the clerk of court or the clerk’s designee and then render payment for the license.
Do not be discouraged, friend, you will get married. However, sometimes it takes ample time to gather the appropriate documentation and wait for the issuance of a license.
If you are still confused about where to apply for a marriage license, you might want to look into an ‘online marriage license.’ Applying for a marriage license online can be less strenuous and efficient.
If you paid attention to the information above, you will “get it done.”
Also watch: How to apply for a marriage license in Denver.
If you feel disconnected or frustrated about the state of your marriage but want to avoid separation and/or divorce, the marriage.com course meant for married couples is an excellent resource to help you overcome the most challenging aspects of being married.
Sylvia Smith loves to share insights on how couples can revitalize their love lives in and out of the bedroom. As a writer at Marriage.com, she is a big believer in living consciously and encourages couples to adopt this principle in their lives too. By taking purposeful and a whole-hearted action, Sylvia feels that every couple can transform their relationship into a happier, healthier one.