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What do I need to do before a lawyer can officiate my marriage?

Colorado Springs, CO |

We cannot have an actual wedding ceremony and just need someone to marry us. If I get a lawyer to do it what do I need beforehand? Is there a better way than using a lawyer? Will that be all I need to change my last name?

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In Colorado anyone can officiate at a marriage - even the bride and groom. All you need to do is to get a marriage license and have someone sign it (or sign it yourself) as the officiant. You can have a lawyer do it, or you can have anyone else that you wish. Alternatively, you can live together and agree to be married and you will be legally married in Colorado. Having the marriage license will make it easier to handle the name change.

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