Are you married or still single? What happens when the wedding had problems?

What happens if you had the wedding ceremony, but you didn’t get a license, or you forgot to register the marriage, or if it turns out your officiant was not qualified to marry you? Obviously, it can be very stressful to find out that your wedding did not meet the legal requirements… unless, of course, you think the marriage was a mistake. So, if the wedding ceremony was not legal, is the marriage?

Technically, you are not married if you did not follow through with all the requirements. 

However, if you and your spouse intend to be married at the ceremony, section 31 of the Marriages Act says that your marriage is deemed to be valid. So, for all purposes of law – spousal support, property division, needing a court order to remarry, you are married.

If you want out of your marriage, then you should speak to a lawyer and plan your steps – there are some big mistakes you can make if you are not careful. For an explanation of what you should do if you are considering separating, Alternatively, you might want to a marriage contract to save your marriage by setting some rules to live while married or to set out what happens when you separate.

In order to make the best decisions, you may also want to pick up this easy-to-understand best-selling book about Ontario Family Law. It covers all the options and laws that apply when separating and also discusses how to use marriage contracts to address issues or potential issues between partners and spouses.

If you would like to discuss your situation and your options with John Schuman, then please use the form below. You can also use that form to provide comments on this page. If you found this page helpful, please feel free to share it on your social network using the buttons at the bottom of the page.

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You can get a lot more information about Ontario Family Law issues, including a comprehensive explanation of parenting cases (parenting time and decision making), child support, spousal support, property division, and most other common family law issues by downloading this $9.99 Kindle eBook, Kobo eBook, or iBook for your iPad or iPhone or ordering it from Amazon as a paperback. But to understand how the law works precisely in your situation, it is always best to speak to a good Family Law Lawyer.

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