Union, ME asked in Family Law and International Law for Pennsylvania

Q: HI, asking again. Would there be any legal reason PA would NOT recognize a international marriage of PA residents?

I have no basis or reason to ask other than someone that was married in Italy said when they came back home they had to go to JP to remarry, PA would not accept their marriage as legal.. I dont know why. I am planning a romantic fall marriage in Italy with my fiance and we will reside in in PA because he is a PA resident. I am trying to make sure after all our efforts in having a legitimate legal marriage through the consulate and town officials in Italy, that our marriage will be valid in our home state of PA. Are there any PA marriage experts that can lend some advise please?? Thank you!

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA

A: In general, if a marriage is legally valid in the country where it took place, it should also be recognized as valid in the United States, including in the state of Pennsylvania. However, there are some limited circumstances where a foreign marriage may not be recognized as valid in Pennsylvania.

For example, if the marriage violates Pennsylvania's marriage laws or public policy, such as if the spouses are closely related or if one spouse was already married at the time of the marriage, then Pennsylvania may not recognize the marriage as valid.

It's important to note that marriage laws can be complex and can vary by state, so it's always a good idea to consult with a legal professional to ensure that your marriage will be legally recognized in Pennsylvania. You may want to consider consulting with a family law attorney in Pennsylvania who can provide guidance and answer any specific questions you have about the validity of your international marriage in the state.

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