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OldForum Click to EMail OldForumClick to check IP address of the poster 01-Jun-00, 09:15 PM (GMT)
"Common law marriages in Germany"

•Subject: Common law marriages in Germany •Author: Leila Freijy •Date: 4/5/2000

I'm trying to find out whether common law marriages are recognized in Germany, and if so, the criteria for having a marriage recognized as a common law marriage. Any guidance would be most appreciated.

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RE: Common law marriages in Germany, OldForum, 01-Jun-00, (1)
RE: Validity of marriage , OldForum, 01-Jun-00, (2)
RE: Validity of marriage , OldForum, 01-Jun-00, (3)
RE: Validity of marriage , OldForum, 01-Jun-00, (4)

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OldForum Click to EMail OldForumClick to check IP address of the poster 01-Jun-00, 09:16 PM (GMT)
1. "RE: Common law marriages in Germany"

•Subject: Common Law Marriage •Author: Gerhard Dannemann •Date: 5/5/2000

There is no such thing as a common law marriage in German law. No registration, no marriage. It is a different question altogether whether German law is willing to recognize a common law marriage which was established under another legal system, e.g. if common law spouses under a particular US state law move from that state to Germany. I am not sure whether you are at all interested in that question, though.

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2. "RE: Validity of marriage "

•Subject: Validity of marriage •Author: nancy Hormachea •Date: 11/5/2000

I need to know if a religious ceremony performed by a Moslem Imam would satisfy the requirements of Germany for valid marriage. Facts: Two US citizens of Afghan descent travel to Germany to be married in the presence of their relatives. An Imam performs a religious ceremony. Large party, big wedding, etc. Couple returns to America where they lived in marital union for 5-6 years. No civil marriage is ever performed in US and the couple does not live in a State which recognizes common law marriages. Now husband has left wife, gone to Pakistan and married another woman. He was able to immigrate the second wife because for US immigration purposes no marriage to first wife existed. Do the laws in Germany recognize the religious ceremony to any extent??? Please help. The woman involved in this abuse is devastated. Thank you

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3. "RE: Validity of marriage "

•Subject: Validity of religious marriage in Germany •Author: Gerhard Dannemann •Date: 12/5/2000

I am afraid I have bad news for your client. German law is quite liberal in recognizing marriages concluded abroad, but adamant about marriages within Germany. If they are not concluded before the registrar, they are not valid under German law.

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4. "RE: Validity of marriage "

•Subject: Common law marriage •Author: Leila Freijy •Date: 15/5/2000

Dear Mr. Dannemann: Thank you so much for your reply. Leila

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