Will my marriage be recognized?

In Mississippi you can’t get married
without parental consent until 21. If my
boyfriend and I went to tennesse to get
married we are 18 then came back
home, would our marriage be
recognized by the state?

Asked on June 26, 2016 under Family Law, Mississippi

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Yes, every state has to honor or recognize the marriages of every other state, even if they don't meet the requirements or rules of the first state. So if you legally marry in state B, state A (your home state) has to recognize it. But your marriage would have to comply with all of state B's own rules to be fully legal, including any residency or waiting period requirements.
Before doing this, bear in mind that it's much easier to get married than to dissolve or end a marriage if it turns out to be a mistake: this is something you need to be *very* sure of.


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