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Marriage Forms

Forms are relatively easy to come by nowadays. Most marriage forms actually refer to the license needed in order to get married. The means of acquiring it vary from country to country the same way that marriage varies from culture to culture.

People marry for different reasons. This includes legal, economical, social and spiritual considerations. In general, there are two forms of marriage: the civil marriage and marriage through religion. Religious weddings are traditionally not required by law to provide a marriage license. However, religious orders today are following the government practice of getting a license in order for the marriage to be easily recognized by the state or territory one resides in. Sometimes couples from different religions marry; this is interfaith marriage, and while allowable by some religions, may be a cause of conflict in certain areas of married life.

Some religions prohibit marriage outside their faith. In this scenario, the bride or groom (whichever partner whose religion obligates everyone to marry inside the faith) must convert to the same religion. Most people see marriage as a monogamous partnership, although some cultures may prove otherwise. Civil marriage is a legal marriage bound by the government instead of religious institutions. Either way, for legal purposes such as receiving insurance benefits, obtaining mutual assets, proving the legitimacy of children and other areas, marriage forms must be filled out.

The easiest way to obtain a marriage license is to apply in person at the County one wants to get married in. Most forms try to acquire typical information. The marriage sample sheet should include information such as this: husband and wife's name, address, province, social security number, parent's names, where they were married, and so on. For those who were previously married, documents like the divorce papers or death certificate should be shown to the county clerk. Some counties and states require medical exams such as blood tests. Some counties also have a residency requirement.

In order to get the license, legal identification is necessary, like a driver's license, birth certificate, or passport. There is a sum for every issued license; most states take about $35 to $50 in fees. For minors, those who are 16 and 17, a parent's consent will have to be given before application. Those who are 15 and below cannot apply for marriage. Within a state, all marriage forms are valid only within state boundaries.

Access Marriage Forms Online


Technology brings a welcome change to processing marriage forms. Application forms can now be accessed online via government sites. Each state has an official government website and most will post online application forms. This form will still have to be passed on personally by one or preferably both parties to the county clerk who issued it or will be issuing it. However this makes the application easier because all that's left to do when going to the office is the submission of necessary documents. A single-status letter, one that verifies that an individual is not married, can also be requested online at some government websites, such as the Texas Department of Vital Statistics. Certain states also allow the request for an heirloom anniversary certificate, although this is not a legal certificate of marriage; it cannot verify one's married relationship.

Vital marriage records may now initially be accessed online too, although only a verification letter will be sent to you instead of a certified true copy. The difference between the two is their legal use. The certified true copy contains a seal that can be utilized for legal purposes while the verification can't be used for such purposes.  Despite that, both documents basically hold the same information, such as the name of husband and wife, date and place of marriage, and witnesses if there were any. These websites will also show you records of previous marriages for genealogy purposes. When requesting a marriage record of someone who isn't a direct relative an identification card will have to be faxed beforehand; this is to eliminate or at least identity theft that's rapidly increasing in the country.