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2012: Do You Want a Confidential Marriage License Rather Than a Public Marriage License in San Diego?

San Diego is a diverse locality with people belonging from different schools of thought, mindsets, and ethnic backgrounds. People belonging from different schools of thought also have different preferences. When it comes to marriage, especially in the region of San Diego, California, there is a variety of options from which people can choose. In many jurisdictions, you need to obtain the marriage license first before you proceed with the legalities of your marriage. Without a marriage license, your marriage won’t be considered as legal and will no be recognized by the government. The Law Office of Doppelt and Forney, APLC has experienced attorneys in the areas of child custody and child visitation. A free in-person or virtual consultation up to 30 minutes can be scheduled by calling 800-769-4748.

There are two types of marriage licenses in San Diego: A confidential marriage license and a public marriage license. It is up to both parties whether they want to obtain a confidential marriage license or a public marriage license. During the legal proceedings of marriage in San Diego, a question often arises is whether both the parties want to obtain a confidential marriage license rather than a public marriage license. In many of the cases, when a couple in San Diego marry each other, they usually want their marriage license to be confidential. Especially in the present era where it is tough to hide every piece of information, many people consider confidential marriage as a safer option however with all of the computer breaches, it is not guaranteed secure.

In Sani Diego, however, there is a provision regarding the confidential marriage that a confidential marriage license may be issued by the San Diego County Clerk and they also keep the marriage records as confidential. The Office of the San Diego County Clerk may reveal the information regarding the existence of marriage to the public. However, the date of marriage and other confidential information regarding marriage cannot be revealed by the office with an order from the superior court. As with all procedures and laws, changes occur and always research and verify before making a decision as important as this one.

The procedure of obtaining a confidential marriage license in San Diego county is pretty straightfoward. You can either meet the San Diego County Clerk in person via appointment and obtain your confidential marriage license directly or get in a queue. However, to obtain a confidential marriage license, both parties must meet certain conditions. At the time of signing the application, both parties must be over the legal age of marriage that is 18 years, both of them are unmarried, and they aren’t under any legal obligation to not marry each other. The marriage must be held in the San Diego County and that there are no requirements of witnesses.

A person who is authorized by the law of California to perform the ceremonies of marriage in San Diego must solemnize the marriage. The confidential marriage license obtained has an expiry date, and that is of 90 days, to be exact. So the marriage must be performed within 90 days of the issuance of the marriage license. The marriage license application has the option of making a change in the middle or last name for one or both parties so that they will be known by their new legal name after marriage. However, both parties are not permitted to make a change in their first names. The middle and last name can be changed under a few instructions, the last name can have a hyphenated combination, last name that can be combined with the whole or a portion of the current last name, or the last name that was set at the date of birth for both the parties or simply the current last name of either of the spouses. Or you can simply opt for not changing your last name as well.

The confidential marriage license will be issued by the San Diego County Clerk once full payment is made, and both parties have met all the other requirements as well.

For any family law related matter, if you need any assistance, feel free to contact the Law Office of Doppelt and Forney, APLC to have an individual analysis of your case. Whether your marriage license was issued confidentially or not, the laws which apply to a legal separation or divorce are the same. Knowing your rights and options and having an expectation that is realistic is very important as you begin a family law case and during the family law case.

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