Who can perform a marriage ceremony?

States usually have laws that cover who can perform a marriage ceremony. In most states, the marriage ceremony can be performed by a clergy member, a judge, a court clerk, or a justice of the peace.

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What is marital status?

Marital status refers to the lawful recognition of the agreement between a man and a woman to be husband and wife. Along with the legal marital status of being married, the husband and wife acquire rights and obligations to their respective spouses. The rights and obligations of marriage begin when the couple is legally married and may continue, to a certain extent, even after the termination of the marriage.

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