Can we be legally married twice in two different states?
September 18, 2010 10:12 AM Subscribe
What will happen if a man and a woman submit marriage licenses in two separate states less than a year apart? Specifically, if they get married by a judge in Washington state, then ~1 year later get married by a pastor in Wisconsin and in order to avoid having all parties involved know about the WA wedding, sign another marriage license and have it submitted to the state of WI?
posted by anonymous to Law & Government (49 answers total)
SO and I are getting married in WI this coming May. For insurance reasons, we were wed by a judge in WA state last June (it was one of those "we know we're getting married anyway, why suffer through another year of super expensive car insurance since he's under 25 and another year of him having no health insurance where he could have my amazing health insurance if we're married"). Both families would FREAK if they knew we are technically already married. My mother will definitely notice if we aren't signing the official marriage license after the religious ceremony and since all of us are out of state she's planning to turn the license in for us. Is this going to cause a problem if we submit another one in WI after already being married in WA for a year? As a last resort, I can tell her that maid of honor just INSISTS she be the one to turn in the license and then have maid of honor never take it in. What would you do if you were me?