AmI legally married if the ceremony took place after the dateof the final papers?

Married 16 years ago – ceremony on 6/10; divorce case heard on 6/08; final papers dated 6/12.

Asked on August 18, 2011 Florida


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Oh boy.  You need to take all the papers to someone to review here as soon as you possibly can.  You are very close date wise.  Was the judgement entered on June 12th (entered in the county clerks office) or was the decision made and entered on June 12th?  You may in fact not be legally married here.    Florida does not recognize common law marriage either so even though you have held yourself out to be married for the last 16 years it may not matter.  There could be many implications to this: legal for you and children, tax wise, etc.  Please, please, please go and get help here. You need to figure out  plan as soon as possible. Good luck

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