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What Is a Marriage Affidavit?

by Morgan Crouch

A marriage affidavit is a form demonstrating proof of a legal union between two people. Both partners must be present when the document is signed. It's important to remember that marriage affidavit requirements and restrictions can vary from state to state.

Definition

A marriage affidavit is a written declaration made under oath before an authorized official. Its purpose is to recognize a marriage as a legal bond. It serves as state-recognized proof of the relationship.

Requirements

Marriage affidavits tend to vary from state to state, but most have similar requirements regarding information that must be present on the official document. The document typically includes the name of both partners and the date they were married, with the signature and address of the witness to the ceremony.

Validity

For the marriage affidavit to be valid, the couple must share the same regular permanent residence and living expenses, have a close relationship and not be married to anyone else. The couple must also be of valid marrying age, not be related by blood and be mentally competent to sign the document.

About the Author

Morgan Crouch has been writing professionally since 2005, specializing in technical writing and copy editing. His work has appeared in a variety of websites, magazines and newspapers, including "The Bellingham Herald." Crouch holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Western Washington University.

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