Taking Action

Get Answers Start Your Divorce Stop Your Divorce Divorce Forms Online Support DivorceDesk

Divorce Tools

Online Divorce Online Negotiation Custody Tracker QDRO Preparation SEE ALL

Info Categories

Contemplating Divorce Children & Divorce Divorce, Dollars & Debt Divorce Laws Divorce Process Divorce Negotiation SEE ALL

State Resources

California Florida Illinois New York Texas SEE ALL

More Information

Articles Checklists Research Center Cases of Interest Dictionary Encyclopedia Encyclopedia (pop-up) Blogs

For Professionals

Generate Clients Free Network Page Submit Articles Case Management Sign In

The Divorce Encyclopedia
Marriage Certificate

Term Definition Marriage Certificate - the official certification of a marriage.the official certification of a marriage.
Application in Divorce Jurisdictions record births, deaths and marriages as part of the vital statistics. When a couple marries, they normally receive a marriage certificate documenting this. This certificate proves that a couple were married, and if necessary can be entered in evidence.

In some divorce actions, one spouse may find it advantageous to deny his or her marriage when it comes to distribution of property. For example, he may not wish to share his pension.

The absence of outside certification is one reason why most states no longer recognize common law marriage.

Sometimes when a couple marry as a common law husband and wife, one of the spouses (usually the husband) will later maintain that the marriage never happened. This leaves the other spouse (usually the wife) with the problem of proving that it did. She must establish to a court’s satisfaction that she and her husband presented themselves to the world as a married couple.

Obviously, a marriage certificate would have made it easier.

Protocols vary with jurisdictions, but normally a clergyman or official returns the marriage license to a county where the marriage happened and a certification is mailed in a few days.

See also Common Law Marriage.

Add the Divorce Encyclopedia
to Your Website

The Research Center

Give Our Research Center a Try. Gain access to the same research material that lawyers often use to establish and win divorce cases. This material consists of legal journal articles and case explanation/analysis documents on a wide range of topics. If you think your situation is unique, your answers will most likely be here. In order to gain access to this area, you must establish an account, but you can search the documents before deciding.

The Divorce Source Difference

Since February 1st, 1997 (when we initially launched Divorcesource.com) we have helped millions of people contemplating or experiencing divorce. The reason we have been able to reach so many people is because we have made it a priority to listen to our customers. We have built a trust by listening and delivering what the customer needs, rather than what we think they want. This is the Divorce Source difference.

Easily Connect With a Lawyer or Mediator
Have Divorce Professionals from Your Area Contact You!
Enter Your Zip Code:

Custody Scheduling and Tracking

Easily Connect With a Lawyer or Mediator
Have Divorce Professionals from Your Area Contact You!
Enter Your Zip Code:


Start Your Divorce File for Divorce


Settle Your Divorce Negotiate Your Divorce


Track Child Custody Track Custody & Visitation

Guarantee Official PayPal Seal Facebook Twitter Versign Secure Site