What is the validity of a confidential marriage?
My boyfriend and I are living together since five years. We have now decided to get married. But we do not want to have a public marriage. Is confidential marriage accepted and valid in the State of California?11/17/2016 | Category: Marriage | State: California | #26869
A confidential marriage license is legally binding, but it does not form a part of the public record. Cal. Fam. Code §500 allows issuing a confidential marriage license by a county clerk upon personal appearance of the parties together to be married. Further, Cal. Fam. Code. §511 state that this license is not open to public inspection except by a court order upon showing of good cause. A confidential marriage license is, however, valid for a period of 90 days only after its issuance.
Requirements for a confidential marriage license are:
- The parties should have attained the age of majority.
- The parties should be living together as partners.
- An affidavit should be signed by both the parties stating that they have been living together as spouses.
- The couple must marry in the county where the license is issued and the license must be filed in the county from where it was purchased.
- No witness is required nor their sign in the license.