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post #1 of 13
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This might be reallllly stupid but my best friend is in a predicament and I may be also.....

She and her husband are stationed overseas and had a baby. Now they want to fly home for a visit but they are having problems geting the baby's birth certificate because their mariage license does not have a filing date on it.

So what the heck is a filing date? (Here's the dumb part) Were we supposed to go back to the place we got license from after the wedding with it all signed and what not?!?!?!?! Is that 'filing' the certificate?


If so my best friend, her sister, and I all need to have that done! My parent's were married in NY and they said they did something! But then both of us had to go through stuff at the base (dh was military at the time) also to become 'dependants'. My marriage license has a state file number.....
post #2 of 13
Whomever officiated should have sent their copy (signed by bride, groom and two witnesses as well as the officiator) to that county's courthouse.
The date it arrive it should have permanantly enter into record by the court clerk, that would be the filing date.
post #3 of 13
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Originally Posted by Arlyn View Post
Whomever officiated should have sent their copy (signed by bride, groom and two witnesses as well as the officiator) to that county's courthouse.
The date it arrive it should have permanantly enter into record by the court clerk, that would be the filing date.
Ok that makes sense..... So the filing date wouldn't have been recorded on their copy of the mariage license
post #4 of 13
Not necessarily, no, some states mail you a copy after it has been filed, some states let you keep the framable copy you get when you apply.
post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by Arlyn View Post
Whomever officiated should have sent their copy (signed by bride, groom and two witnesses as well as the officiator) to that county's courthouse.
The date it arrive it should have permanantly enter into record by the court clerk, that would be the filing date.
Arlyn is correct. The minister or judge has the liablity of filing the paperwork at the courthouse. You should simply need to go up there and get a copy of it. If the minister or judge failed to file it then technically your not married. In the eyes of the government anyway.
post #6 of 13
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Arlyn is correct. The minister or judge has the liablity of filing the paperwork at the courthouse. You should simply need to go up there and get a copy of it. If the minister or judge failed to file it then technically your not married. In the eyes of the government anyway.
Yikes. That would suck!

Since they are a military couple, I'm thinking the family advocacy office should be able to help. Otherwise I think she'd need to get me some power of attorney to get it for her!
post #7 of 13
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Not necessarily, no, some states mail you a copy after it has been filed, some states let you keep the framable copy you get when you apply.
We have the copy that got signed at our wedding. On the bottom it says something about being retained by us too.
post #8 of 13
After you got married did you get a certificate that you showed the proper officials, ie Social Security(to change your name on SS card), drivers license and other Documents? Thats the one you need.
post #9 of 13
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After you got married did you get a certificate that you showed the proper officials, ie Social Security(to change your name on SS card), drivers license and other Documents? Thats the one you need.
We showed them the one i have, that was signed after our wedding. We did that only about a week after our wedding.
post #10 of 13
Did you go to social security and give them your paper work and they sent you a current card with your new name on it? If the paper work wasn't in order They would have told you! That would be your first clue that something isn't right.
post #11 of 13
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Did you go to social security and give them your paper work and they sent you a current card with your new name on it? If the paper work wasn't in order They would have told you! That would be your first clue that something isn't right.
Yep we did all that. I'm also thinking the Military might have noticed something. I'm wondering if this little problem just stems from working with 2 different governments, the US and the country they are in.
post #12 of 13
In AZ, the officiant sends the license to the county, where it is recorded, certified and returned to the couple.
post #13 of 13
same here, we got ours, got married, signed it...the pastor sent it in and then we got it back stamped and everything.

I think you need to call the courthouse where you guys got married and ask asap.
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