Q: Am I legally married if I never performed the ceremony but did not present the license?

I applied for a marriage license in Florida, but I never got married and I never returned the license to the court, but the license status is listed as "NOT RETURNED." Does this have any legal effect? I would like to know if this marriage is legalized

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Rand Scott Lieber
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A: The issuance of a license by itself does not mean that you are married. An officiant must sign the license and return it to the clerk to make it official. Speak with a local family lawyer for more specific advice.

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: In Florida, merely obtaining a marriage license does not mean you are legally married. For a marriage to be valid, the ceremony must be performed by an authorized person and the completed license must be returned to the issuing clerk for recording. If the license was never returned and no ceremony was performed, you are not legally married.

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