The following are common questions that have
often been posed to our office:
and I are getting married outside the United States. Do
we need to file anything here in the US, Ohio, or Shelby County?
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No, once you have been married, you are married.
However, you do want to keep a couple of things in mind.
Other countries have different procedures and customs -- especially
concerning separation of church and state. So call and
find out what exactly is involved. There will be times
in your life as a US citizen that you will need legal proof
of marriage. Make sure you are able to receive this necessary
Is it required by
law that we need witnesses? back to top
No. Witnesses are not required by law
to sign the license.
I have been living
with someone for a number of years, are we considered a "Common
Law Marriage"? back to top
No. Common-law marriage is prohibited
and is not recognized in Ohio if the parties entered into the
"marriage" (or commitment) after October 10, 1991.
However, a common law marriage remains valid if it was created
prior to October 10, 1991.
Do you require a
waiting period, or a blood test? back to top
We do not require blood testing. At
one time we did have a five (5) day waiting period, however
this was eliminated by the Ohio legislature effective February
do we know whether our minister is licensed in Ohio to perform
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The best way is to ask the minister.
By law, they have to present anyone asking with proof of their
licensing. You can also call the Ohio Secretary of State's
office and ask if they have the minister's license on file.