Are we legally married?

I don’t think a clerical error would change your marital status.

No this does not affect the validity of your marriage in this state. You should verify with the issuing state and make sure your license complies with their rules as well. I don’t believe this should be an issue.

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My husband and I are separated and have been for 6 months. We were married in another state about a year after I divorced my first husband. I had my name restored to my maiden name in the divorce decree. When we got our marriage license it was issued in my previous married name, not my (at that time) current legal name. I don’t know why I didn’t catch it before and I assume I signed it that way.

Since I didn’t use my legal name does this affect whether or not we’re actually married right now?

Thank you!