The military makes life complicated for most of its service members. They’re always picking up and moving away, endless packing and unpacking. In addition to the deployments, military marriages take a hit from the long hours and lack of family support from frequent moves. Military service members are often forced to stretch the boundaries of the legal system because they sometimes need to have their contracts signed by other people using a power of attorney, or they need to secure a passport from another country or establish citizenship for their children while serving abroad – all of these exceptional circumstances complicate the legal world, but they make military lives easier. Proxy marriages are no different. Proxy marriages make it easier to get married while you aren’t living in the same city, state, or country.
What Is Proxy Marriage?
So, you may be asking, what is a proxy marriage? While they are rare and unusual, they provide a means for couples to get married when they aren’t both present in the same location. There are companies that specialize in proxy marriages, and one, in particular, is the only one in the country that provides double proxy marriages. In a double proxy marriage, neither party is at the wedding, and they use stand-ins to complete their legal marriage. Proxy marriages are only available in a few states, and even then, at least one member in the couple is required to be a military service member or a state resident. Montana is the only state that allows double proxy marriage, and while they are the only state that allows proxy marriages, once they are executed in Montana, they are considered legal in the remainder of the country. The pandemic presented many people with a strange half-life lived mostly alone for many months. While social distancing kept us in our homes, many were still able to meet new people via the internet. According to professionals who specialize in proxy marriages, the pandemic caused a significant increase in the number of scheduled proxy marriages for the year.
For military servicemembers hoping to find a solution to the pandemic separation from their fiancés, a proxy marriage may give you and your new spouse more rights to be together and share military resources. The state where you are stationed and your home marriage will play a very important role in the validity of your marriage. Some states treat proxy marriages the same as a traditional legal marriage, while others treat them as a form of common-law marriage.
Even if a state doesn’t allow proxy marriages to be performed, most recognize the validity of a marriage performed out of state. The exception to this standard is the State of Iowa, which doesn’t allow or validate out-of-state proxy marriages. Military personnel can request an annulment of their proxy marriage if they meet the standard for their home of record.
Providing Answers and Support to Military Servicemembers and their Families
At Patton Pittman, we make it our mission to provide the legal representation and services military personal need. We understand the unique situations and concerns facing the military community. With over 85 years of combined experience, one of our attorneys can help answer your questions about proxy marriage validity and divorce. So, call us today at (931) 361-4477 to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.