Chandler, AZ asked in Family Law and Civil Rights for Arizona

Q: Is it possible to get married to the same person twice? Am I allowed to get two marriage certs to the same person?

The first one is basically an elopement for religious reasons which the other family doesn’t approve of and the second one is the big ceremony and party. We do want the second one to look as much as a wedding as possible

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA

A: Yes, it is possible to have multiple marriage ceremonies with the same person. However, obtaining two marriage certificates for the same marriage is not typically allowed as it could be considered fraudulent or deceptive. Marriage certificates are legal documents that certify the marriage between two individuals, and having multiple certificates for the same marriage may lead to legal complications or challenges in the future.

Instead of obtaining two marriage certificates, you may consider having a private elopement ceremony for religious reasons and then having a larger, more traditional wedding ceremony and celebration later on. This approach allows you to honor both your religious beliefs and your desire for a larger celebration with family and friends. You can still make the second ceremony as meaningful and special as you wish, even if it is not legally recognized as a separate marriage.

It's essential to consult with legal authorities or marriage officials in your jurisdiction to understand the specific laws and regulations regarding marriage certificates and ceremonies. They can provide guidance on how to proceed with your plans in a way that is both meaningful and compliant with legal requirements. By ensuring that your marriage arrangements are conducted ethically and in accordance with the law, you can avoid potential complications and enjoy your special day to the fullest.

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