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#1 Old 09-27-2008, 09:14 AM
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I need to get a affidavit stating that i'm free to get married. I just wrote on paper that I am free to marry and a notary stamped and signed it. But I get the feeling that just writing it isn't going to fly. So, could someone tell me how to go about this besides seeing a lawyer. Could I type out something?



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I am confused what this would be for?

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I'm getting married in a few months in Denmark to a EU citizen and I am American, the easiest way to do it is for a marriage company to arrange it and us just to show up. We both need a statement saying that we are single, a passport and a birth certificate. So I need to go to town hall and get a paper saying that I am single or an affidavit but I think the affidavit is easier. But there such a document for this so I need to write it myself or go to town hall and them type out that I haven't applied for a marriage license in the last 10 or 15 years. So my question is, if there are any lawyers here, if me just writing down in my own handwriting that I am free to marry is enough or should I type something out to make it more official looking.
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You should probably see a lawyer in that case. You want to make sure everything is dotted and crossed.
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You should probably see a lawyer in that case. You want to make sure everything is dotted and crossed.



That's what I thought, thanks!
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carried, I think you should actually just be able to get something like this from your county/city clerk. It's just something official to say that there's no record of you being married currently.

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carried, I think you should actually just be able to get something like this from your county/city clerk. It's just something official to say that there's no record of you being married currently.



Like the town hall?
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Maybe. There should be some sort of clerk (where I grew up in MI, the job was "County Clerk") or "register of deeds" or something like that. It's the office where you'd go to get a marriage license, get a death certificate, etc. I'd bet you could find it if you Google "marriage license" and either your county or city name.

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Well this might be belated, but surely might help someone on their way to marry outside of the United States. The document known as a Single Status Affidavit is basically a sworn statement that one is free to marry in his or her country. Theres another way to prove that you are single in U.S. Although there is no national database for a record of marriage in the States one can request a state wide search done in the state of ones residence to indicate that there is no record of marriage under ones name. It is best to contact target authorities and verify which document they would prefer.

Now to the Apostille: Apostille in the United States is a separate page affixed to a document in accordance to Hague Convention of 1961 on abolishment of foreign document legalization. Generally speaking it shows to foreign authorities that the document in your possession is authentic and that it is valid in the United States. So, in order for foreign authorities to recognize your document youll need to have an apostille on it.

Also, Im pretty sure that the Affidavit of Single Status is not the only document you will need to marry outside of the United States. It is best to obtain a list of all the documents that you will need to achieve your goal.

This way you ca prepare the entire set of the documents simultaneously instead of doing one document then finding out you need another. Furthermore, if the countrys official language is not English you might want to find out whether or not youll need translations to be made.

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