I got married sunday night in Nassau County Long Island. The marriage license was issued by NYC court. We had a small ceremony and the license was signed by witnesses. My spouse and I never signed the license. Are we legally married? The justice says he will mail the license back to me, we can sign and mail it back to him. What if we don't sign?
I'm not sure how you went about getting your license. Why was the court involved? You should have gone to the clerk and signed there just to get the license.
If a court issued the license, that could only happen after you asked for it to happen, so you will not be able to claim your lack of signatures as a problem because your petition in court will count against you.
Why do you not want to sign? What's the game here?
You might not be legally married yet. License does not make you legally married. Only if your minister reported the marriage and certificate of marriage was issued, you are. that is if the ceremony was not performed in the licensed marriage bureau. There is usually a 48 hours waiting period between the license and the certificate. The period is mandatory unless waived by a judge. Contact the Marriage License Bureau to clarify.
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A recent case published in the New York Law Journal reported that a couple was legally married even though
they did not obtain a marriage license. They were married by a person authorized to administer the ceremony and the marriage contract was properly signed and witnessed. You appear to be married.
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