What is an affidavit of marriage and when should I use one?

Ideally, you should have your official marriage certificate tucked safely away with your other important documents, but if you cannot locate it, an affidavit of marriage can be created to use instead. An affidavit of marriage is a replacement marriage certificate that can be legally used if your original is lost. You may need to show this certificate in a variety of settings and situations, and it is legal proof that you were married. This can also be used if you are divorced but need to prove that you were married in the past. This document can also be called a joint affidavit of marriage or a marriage affidavit.

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