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In the US, proxy marriages are provided for in law or by customary practice in Texas, Colorado, Kansas, and Montana. Of these, Montana is the only state that allows double-proxy marriage. Proxy marriages cannot be solemnized in all other U.S. states.
What is the definition of Proxy Marriage?
A proxy marriage is a marriage where someone stands in for the other party. That is, either the bride or the groom is not physically present for the wedding. During the solemnization of the marriage, based upon a power of attorney, an agent acts on behalf of one of the parties.
What is a double proxy marriage?
A double-proxy marriage is a marriage where neither party is present. In the United States, the only state to allow a double-proxy marriage is Montana, though not all Montana counties will allow the proxy marriages.
What is the history of proxy marriage?
Marriage by proxy has been around a long time. One of the more famous proxy marriages was in 1810 when Emperor Napoleon married Archduchess Marie Louise by proxy. During the early 1900's, proxy marriages increased significantly when many Japanese picture brides arrived at Angel Island in San Francisco, California. During war time, proxy marriages are more common.The term today, though, is primarily connected to computer servers and annual stock meeting voting.
Where You Can Get Married By Proxy?
Four states in the United States allow proxy marriages in some form:
Calfornia, Colorado, Texas, Montana
Most of the proxy marriage laws are limited to members of the armed forces who are deployed for conflicts or wars. Some have residency requirements.
Do all states recognize proxy marriage?
Whether a state or country will recognize a marriage by proxy is a tricky question that seems to depend on whether or not the law of the locale requires that both parties be present to apply for a license or to give their consent at the ceremony.
Some states recognize a proxy marriage that was done in another state. Other states only recognize them as common-law marriage. Iowa does not recognize proxy marriages.
See US states marriage laws: State Marriage Laws
In Canada, proxy marriage is only recognized if the marriage was performed in a jurisdiction that allows proxy marriage.
In some states, U.S. military personnel may be able to annul a proxy marriage provided there is no consummation, no cohabitation, or no treatment as husband and wife after the marriage ceremony.
Can Immigrants Do A Proxy Marriage?
Unconsummated proxy marriages are NOT recognized for immigration purposes in most countries, including the United States.
What Is The Bottom Line On Proxy Marriages?
Marriages by proxy are not cheap and they are not readily available. It is advisable that you contact an attorney before getting married by proxy to make sure your marriage will be considered valid.
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