Are you legally married if you marry in Mexico?
A civil wedding in Mexico is fully valid for legal purposes in the U.S., but a religious ceremony without the civil ceremony is not, as U.S. law only recognizes marriages which are valid in the country in which they take place.
What happens if you marry someone who is already married?
In cultures where monogamy is mandated, bigamy is the act of entering into a marriage with one person while still legally married to another. A legal or de facto separation of the couple does not alter their marital status as married persons.
How long do you have to be in Mexico before you can get married?
There is a waiting period of two to three days in Mexico. It varies from state to state. Plan extra time for getting the paperwork all arranged. It generally takes at least three working days to have your paperwork and documents processed.
What happens if I marry someone in Mexico?
If you are a U.S. citizen, your new spouse becomes your "immediate relative," and may receive a green card as soon as the two of you make it through the application process. This can take six months to a year, or even longer.
Is there a way to find out if someone got married?
If you are trying to find out if someone is married, the good news is that marriage licenses are public records. Anyone can find out if someone is married by searching the public records for the state and county where the marriage certificate is filed. Click on the state where you want to search the county records.
How do I get divorced if I got married in Mexico?
Yes, you can get divorced in the US and would have to do it in the state where you are residing. Just contact a family law attorney in your city/state. Many of them provide initial free consultations. You will lose your H-4 status once you are no longer married.