Is a Jai Mala Hindu wedding legally binding in the US?

I have been living with a Hindu woman for 6 years. We both are US citizens. Her mother has asked that we be blessed by the pundit(religious leader). The ceremony is called a Jai Mala. I do not want to be married under US law again. I’m already divorced and don’t want to go through that again. Is a Jai Mala legally binding in the US? Can we get divorced and she can take half my money for support?

Asked on August 2, 2012 under Family Law, New York

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If the wedding that you had was legal in the country where it was performed and you were deemed married, then under the laws of all states in this country you are deemed legally married in this country. If you are a resident of the United States, you can get divorced in this country and if that happends, the laws of the state where the dissolution is happening control with respect to the division of the assets of the marriage.

FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If the wedding that you had was legal in the country where it was performed and you were deemed married, then under the laws of all states in this country you are deemed legally married in this country. If you are a resident of the United States, you can get divorced in this country and if that happends, the laws of the state where the dissolution is happening control with respect to the division of the assets of the marriage.


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