The Clerk’s Corner: Much ado about marriage licenses
I have become obsessed with Pinterest and all of the amazing party ideas that are posted online. My compulsion led me to the book “Celebrate Everyday of the Year….Activities for the Clueless.” This book suggests unique, off-the-wall party ideas for every single day of the year. For example, the entry for May 12 states that the “first wedding in the United States was performed on this day, centuries ago — have a seminar on building better marriages.”
I have no evidence that the first wedding was actually performed on May 12, but I can share some interesting and pertinent information about the marriage license process. My office provides informational brochures to the public, titled “So You Want to Get Hitched.” Some cynical wise guy, who perhaps was leaving divorce court, defaced one of the brochures and marked the front with a warning: “Don’t do it!” Although his advice is amusing and indeed may prevent heartache, Moffat County issues approximately 120 marriage licenses each year.
Couples may obtain their marriage license at any Clerk & Recorder’s Office. Both parties must be present and they must provide valid identification. A marriage license costs $30 and must be used within 35 days of issuance. There are age requirements for parties to a marriage and additional restrictions for couples who are married or divorced. Colorado recognizes civil unions and same-sex unions. One interesting fact is that although marriages are prohibited between ancestors and descendants, marriages between cousins are still permitted in the State of Colorado.
Marriages are typically arranged by the participants and most ceremonies are either religious or civil, yet Colorado does allow couples to self-solemnize their marriage. Others who can solemnize a marriage include judges, retired judges, magistrates, Indian Tribe officials and clergy. However, clergy, officiants and out-of-town judges need not be registered in Colorado.
Once the marriage union has been solemnized, the marriage certificate must be returned to the County Clerk’s office where it was issued. It is then be recorded and imaged as a permanent legal document. The original certificate is returned to the couple and then the real fun begins. Get ready for a tedious process if you decide to take your spouse’s surname after marriage. You will need to notify the Social Security Administration, various government agencies, financial institutions and insurance companies of your name change.
Hosting a marriage seminar doesn’t sound like much fun to me, but I may decide to host a May 12 party after all. We can celebrate the long awaited arrival of spring and the countdown to Election Day!
Just a reminder, the Primary Election is June 28th. Be sure to check your voter status at http://www.govotecolorado.comhttp://www.govotecolorado.com. If you plan to vote in the Primary Election, the last day to change your party affiliation is May 27. If you are unaffiliated you must declare a party before you vote. Do you have questions or comments?. If you plan to vote in the Primary Election, the last day to change your party affiliation is May 27. If you are unaffiliated you must declare a party before you vote. Do you have questions or comments?
http://www.govotecolorado.com. If you plan to vote in the Primary Election, the last day to change your party affiliation is May 27. If you are unaffiliated you must declare a party before you vote. Do you have questions or comments?
Until next month — Cheers!
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