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Sheri Stritof

Do You Know Where Your Marriage Certificate Is?

By December 27, 2012

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A news report about Bob and Norma Clark discovering their 48-year marriage was never legal caught our attention. If you don't have a copy of your marriage certificate, or you don't know where it is stashed in your home, do get a new copy. You never know when you might need the certificate to prove the two of you are or were legally married if you are applying for insurance or SSA survivor benefits, etc.

The Clark's situation reminded us of a movie, We're Not Married (1952), which presents the scenario of five couples discovering they are not married when they thought they were. The wonderful cast includes Ginger Rogers, Fred Allen, Marilyn Monroe, David Wayne, Eve Arden, Mitzi Gaynor, Paul Douglas, Eddie Bracken, and Zsa Zsa Gabor. The same plot was used by Alfred Hitchcock in the 1941 comedy, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, with Robert Montgomery and Carole Lombard. A new version of the same plot was created by the Hallmark Channel, Nearlyweds.

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January 3, 2013 at 10:11 am
(1) teryvalerie says:

don’t confuse the church’s marriage certifcate, not a legal document, with the government’s marriage certificate ,the only legal document. We guess it’s the “keeping chruch & state seperate”.

January 14, 2013 at 7:53 am
(2) Wesley says:

Most of all the marriage certificates are stored in the vital statistics office in the US. Following website has required procedures and information related to it. http://www.wikiprocedure.com

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