The US treats marriages outside the US as legal marriages in the U.S, provided they were legal where the knots was (were) tied.

In other words, if you marry outside the US, as long as the marriage is legal IN THAT country, then you are considered legally married in the US as well, no need to register anything. Note you have to divorce before marrying again.

So please consider yourself in the US as well, Shelly.

I know this because as someone born outside the US, I have seen the law, with people bringing their foreign spouses here.

Dear shelly513:

Greetings. Sorry, but if the marriage ceremony is legal in the place where it occurred, North Carolina generally accepts it. One example where we would not accept it is a polygamous marriage. So, if you have two husbands - that may be some grounds. [:)] That JohnDoe - he is a smart cookie. Thanks

Janet L. Fritts
Attorney with Rosen Divorce
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In my previous posts, I never mentioned that I was married in the Caymen Islands (UK). I have never registered anything through the United States. We have lived as a legally married couple for 7 years. We own property together and have paid our taxes as “married”. However, is there a loop hole possibly since I have never registered anything through the US? I know this is a long shot - but I felt it was worth investigating.