Circuit Court Alert:
This procedure is for couples (the "petitioners" or the “parties”) that were married in Virginia, the marriage license was issued by the Fairfax Circuit Court and the marriage celebrant was not authorized to perform wedding ceremonies by a Virginia Circuit Court. The petitioners are responsible for ensuring that the documents are complete when filed with the Clerk’s Office. Petitioners are strongly encouraged to engage an attorney regarding this matter. These forms are not provided as/or intended to replace legal assistance or legal advice.
Pursuant to §20-90 of the 1950 Code of Virginia, as amended, a court order is necessary to affirm a marriage when the marriage celebrant was not authorized by a Virginia Circuit Court to perform wedding ceremonies at the time of your wedding. This code section can also apply to other scenarios; therefore, we again strongly encourage you to discuss your situation with an attorney before proceeding with this process.
Marriage Affirmation Petition and Order (sample) - If you use the samples as a guideline, please note that the information which is underlined in italics should be completed with information specific to your case.
Guidelines and Requirements
Preparing the Petition, Affidavits and Order
Petition: The Petition explains why the marriage must be affirmed and specifically asks the Court to enter an Order affirming the marriage. The Petition must include the following information:
The Affidavit of Petitioner’s must include the following information:
The Affidavit of the Marriage Celebrant must include the following information:
The order is a separate document you prepare for the judge to sign. In general, the order briefly restates the facts contained in the petition and then affirms the marriage. The Final Order to Affirm Marriage must include the following information:
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