Originally Posted by Saucy Sailoress
That'll be what we missed, then... SO it just seems easier to get married again than go temple chasing in Kerala....
That would seem to be the simple and easy way to solve the problem - NOT!
- - In order to get legally married most countries require you to prove you are not already married and also to prove that all previous marriages were legally terminated. If you do not or can not, then you are entering into a new fraudulent marriage with all the hassles, pitfalls, and consequences involving insurance
, wills, banking, employment
, and many other complications.
- - If the marriage in Kerala was registered with the government and a document of marriage signed/issued, then you need to track down that document or government agency and get official certified copies of the marriage registry and have the Kerala government's Foreign Ministry "Apostille" (a certificate) the marriage document. You can Google
"Apostille" to get examples of what the Apostille certificate looks like. I have even prepared them myself and sent them to the government ministry for signature and stamping as the officials were "clueless" about the process.
- - However, if the marriage in Kerala was not registered with the government and a marriage registry or certificate was not issued - then you are not "legally" married and "living in sin" which is more fun anyway. So the next "re-" marriage is actually the first/original marriage since there are no legal
records of the "temple ceremony."
- - And the same applies to any married cruisers who get divorces in a country other than the marriage/home country - you need to get the divorce documents/certificate "Apostilled." Or the divorce will probably not be recognized back in the home/marriage country and your "ex" can play havoc with your assets if not also your ass.