Marriage Verification Letter (How to Guide)

Marriage verification
Marriage verification

Before accessing certain privileges, you will often have to prove that you are married to the person you claim to be. These could be receiving spousal permits, immigration status, or access to property registration, to name but a few! You will definitely have to verify that you are married to gain these benefits.

That is where the marriage verification letter comes in. It is a letter that is drafted by a state office and sent out to any interested party to vouch for the validity of that marriage. We take a look at it in-depth in the proceeding segments of our conversations.

Purpose of the Marriage Verification Letter

This letter serves many purposes. We delineate and explain the top five purposes it potentially serves, here below:

Vouch for the Validity of the Marriage

For one, it vouches for the validity of the marriage. Simply put: It shows documentary proof that the marriage actually exists between the two parties who claim to be married. In most cases, it accomplishes this by way of a marriage certificate.

Grant Access to certain Privileges

As noted above, you will often have to prove that you are actually married before accessing certain privileges. These could be gaining access to the spousal permits, immigration status, or privileges that are wholly reserved for the married persons. This letter serves a critical role at such a time.

Facilitate Marriage Disputes and Litigations

Whenever disputes to do with marriages boil over to the corridors of justice, you will yet again have to show that you are truly married to be able to win the dispute. This is especially if two or more women claim to be actually married to one man.

Property-sharing

In the event of a divorce, couples will often have to share their property. For this to happen legally, they will often have to prove that they are actually married to one another. How likely is this feat attainable save for demonstrating by way of writing and documentary proof that the two parties are actually married?

Property Inheritance

In the event of the death of at least one party, the surviving party will yet again have to prove that he/she was the bona fide husband or wife to the deceased before qualifying to take over the estate left behind. For this to happen, a marriage verification letter to that effect will have to be drafted.

What to Include in a Marriage Verification Letter

The following pieces of information must never miss in a marriage verification letter:

  • Full Name of Husband: The full names of the husband ranks first. This is the person who, in fact, marries or is alleged to have been married to another person.
  • Full Name of Wife: Next comes the full names of the wife. She is the one who is married to another person.
  • Date of Marriage: It was the official date when the marriage was formalized. This could be the wedding day, date of civil registration, or the traditional marriage ceremony.
  • Place of Marriage: This is the location where the marriage ceremony was conducted and the marriage officially formalized.
  • Full Maiden Name of Applicant: The person who is seeking this vital piece of information. It could be an immigration official, bank official, or any other person of authority.
  • Ages/Date of Birth at the time of Marriage: These are the ages or the respective dates of births of the two parties at the time that they were getting married to one another.
  • Name of Applicant:  Who is the person who is seeking this piece of information? The full names of that person have to be revealed in entirety.
  • Contact details of Applicant: Other than the names, the contact details also have to accompany the names for the sake of added clarity to the information.
  • Relationship to the Married Couple: How is the applicant related to the couple whose validity of marriage they are seeking to establish? Different jurisdictions have limitations on who exactly may be privy to such records.
  • Purpose of Obtaining the Record: As is the case with the relationship above, some jurisdictions also impose limitations on why exactly this vital piece of information may be sought.

Marriage Verification Letter Format

Let us give you a format to follow in drafting this letter:

Alison Haley, Midland County Clerk

500 N. Loraine, 4th Floor, Midland, TX 79701

(432) 688-4401 / Fax: (432) 688-4925

Application for Marriage Verification Letter by mail

A verification letter is not a certificate of marriage. We only issue verifications for marriages that were purchased and filed in Midland County, Texas.

1. Full Name of HusbandFirst Name
________________
Middle Name
________________
Last Name
________________
2. Full Name of WifeFirst Name
________________
Middle Name
________________
Last Name
________________
3. Date of MarriageMonth
________________
Day
________________
Year
________________
Years Commemorated
________________
4. Place of MarriageCity or Town
________________
County
________________
State
________________
5. Full Maiden Name of ApplicantFirst Name
________________
Middle Name
________________
Last Name
________________
6. Ages or Dates of Birth at Time of MarriageAge or DOB of Husband
________________
Age or DOB of Wife
________________

YOUR NAME ___________________Telephone No. (______) _____________

MAILING ADDRESS ______________________________________________

RELATIONSHIP WITH THE MARRIED COUPLE ______________________

PURPOSE OF OBTAINING THE RECORD____________________________

Your Signature _____________________ Date __________________________

Sample Letter

Let us now leave you with a sample of this letter:

Alison Haley, Midland County Clerk

500 N. Loraine, 4th Floor, Midland, TX 79701

(432) 688-4401 / Fax: (432) 688-4925

Application for Marriage Verification Letter by mail

A verification letter is not a certificate of marriage. We only issue verifications for marriages that were purchased and filed in Midland County, Texas.

1. Full Name of HusbandFirst Name
Emmanuel
Middle Name
Simpson
Last Name
Floyd
2. Full Name of WifeFirst Name
Jacklyne
Middle Name
Brown
Last Name
Floyd
3. Date of MarriageMonth
July
Day
11th
Year
2015
Years Commemorated
5 years
4. Place of MarriageCity or Town
Arlington
County
Tarrant County
State
Texas
5. Full Maiden Name of ApplicantFirst Name
Dismus
Middle Name
Oberembt
Last Name
Paul
6. Ages or Dates of Birth at Time of MarriageAge or DOB of Husband
3-April-1988
Age or DOB of Wife
7-September-1990

YOUR NAME: Dismus Oberembt Paul Telephone No. (817) 459-6100

MAILING ADDRESS: 101 West, Abram Street Arlington, Texas 76010

RELATIONSHIP WITH THE MARRIED COUPLE: Immigration Official

PURPOSE OF OBTAINING THE RECORD: Verify the legality of the immigration status.

Your Signature _______________________________________ Date: Sunday, July 12, 20XX

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Let’s have a look at the frequently asked questions that regard this topic of discussion:

How Can U Find Out If Someone Is Married?

You have to approach the relevant office of the state or county wherein you reside to be able to source this wonderful piece of information. Then again, you have to be truly related to the applicant and have a valid reason for sourcing this piece of information.

Is It Rude To Ask Someone If They Are Married?

NOT really! It all depends on why and how you approach this person for that wonderful piece of information. You should observe some courtesy and use polite language as you articulate this issue.

How Do I Write A Letter To Immigration About Marriage?

Obtain a relevant form from the state office and fill it. Accompany this form with a cover letter that explains why exactly you want this piece of information. Needless to say, you also have to direct the letter to the relevant authority in a timely manner.

Conclusion

Well, vouching for the status of your marriage is a task you can never take lightly. The ramifications of any carelessness on your part may often be too grave to bear. That is why we now urge you to exercise some due diligence and carefulness as you go about this.

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