If a couple are married outside of the U. S and immigrated later to there, is the marriage legally valid?

They do not have a U.S. issued marriage certificate, however they do have the translated foreign marriage certificate. In case of separation and divorce, can any party claim the validity of the marriage in such situation?

Asked on February 14, 2016 under Family Law, California

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

As long as the marriage was valid in the country in which it was performed, it is deemed to be valid in the U.S.


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