What Is a Marriage Affidavit?

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What Is a Marriage Affidavit?
A marriage affidavit is a form of proof of a legal union. (wedding image by Mat Hayward from Fotolia.com)

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.

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Definition

A marriage affidavit is a written declaration upon oath made before an authorised official. Its purpose is to recognise a marriage as a legal bond. It serves as state recognised proof of the relationship.

Requirements

Marriage affidavits tend to vary state to state, but most have similar requirements that must be present on the official document. The name of both partners, date married, the signature of the witness and an address.

Validity

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

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