It may be legal, HOWEVER that does not mean it is recognized in all states and I am speaking from experience! My husband and I were married in Jamaica last year and went through all of the steps to make sure it was a legal wedding in Jamaica so that we would be legally married in the U.S. After we returned from Jamaica, I contacted the County Clerk's office to find out what I needed to do to file our marriage license with their office. I was told that Texas does not recognize and WILL NOT accept a marriage license from outside of the United States. That doesn't mean we aren't married, persay, but our state doesn't allow us to file that we are such. The DPS let me use the Jamaican marriage license to change my name on my driver's license, therefore, I was able to change my Social Security card. I was pretty upset though that after $6,000.00, we are going to have to go to the JP so that it is filed in our state.
I was married in Jamaica and it was recognized in California. No additional paperwork or civil service ceremony was needed. We just filed our paperwork with the state when we got home and I changed my name. It depends on the state.
I to am wondering the same thing. I live in Delaware and When I went to "register" being married the State Dept. Does not recognize out of the country marriages. ( State Dept being were we went to get copies of our birth certificates). And depends on where you look for answers. I asked this question myself one time and was advised hat to truly be divorced I had to go through Jamaica. I figured why can't I just tear up our marriage certificate and change my name.
I would imagine so, people move for all across the world to the U.S. And are still married.
I am a U.S. Citizen, married in Jamaica, living in the U.S. Is it considered a legal marriage in the U.S.?
Yes, of course you are married, all you must do is provide proof, in order to get the usual benefits.