If we got a marriage license but never filed for a marriage certificate are we married according to the law?
We filed for a license and we were married by a minister but we never filed anything after that. Cannot find the license to be filed? We do not have a marriage certificate. Are we married? Do we have to get a divorce?
I have some good news here: you're lucky that you live in Georgia, where a marriage license never expires; most other states have a time limit within which to have the ceremony, etc., or the license expires and you have to start over.
First, call the minister. See if he or she signed the license and filed it; this is the standard procedure in many states. If so, you should be able to get a certificate of the marriage from your county clerk.
If the minister can't help, then call the county clerk and explain the situation. You might have to pay a small fee, but I'd hope you can get a duplicate license issued, which you can then take to the minister to complete, and then you can make sure the duplicate gets filed.
I'm pretty sure that no matter what, if you had a valid license at the time of the ceremony, you're married. This is just a matter of straightening out the paperwork!
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