How and why to check if someone is married?
In the United States, the fact is that in 2019 there are numerous reasons to find out if the person you are dating is married. Let’s start with this example:
“Every word out of his mouth is a lie” says Jean Hansen, in reference to Kansas native, Richard Scott Smith – and that apparently includes his marital status. Richard Scott Smith was, you see, already married when he and Jean Hansen tied the knot in Las Vegas in 2015. See this article from the Kansas Star or this article from the UK’s Daily Mail for further information.
This shocking fact wasn’t discovered by Ms. Hansen until after he had “…maxed out her credit cards and drained their joint checking account.” And she was not the only woman to be ‘taken to the cleaners’ by Richard Scott Smith. There were at least four other people and perhaps as many as eight.
See further information about the Richard Scott Smith case here.
The case of the Lexena Bigamist simply underlines the fact that you must be careful in every aspect of your personal dealings and of course, not least, that includes matters of the heart. Just because someone isn’t wearing a ring doesn’t mean they’re not married. Equally just because they tell you they are divorced doesn’t mean it’s true. Therefore the matter of accessing marriage or divorce records is ever more important.
Indeed, complicated and bizarre cases of dishonesty and unusual situations surrounding marriage only seem to multiply, as this controversy over a Minnesota Democratic candidate for Congress who allegedly married her brother (read more here) although it should be pointed out that she denounces these allegations as lies.
Reasons to check someone’s marital status – Further considerations:
Firstly, regrettably all too often the person you’re dating may not tell you they are single as we’ve seen in the extreme example of the Richard Scott Smith case.
Secondly, divorce rates are at an all-time high with 40-50% of marriages ending in divorce (see this article from Gardner & Lewis, LLP).
Thirdly, society’s attitude to marriage (and divorce) has changed dramatically. For example, USA Today cites two-thirds of Americans approving of same-sex marriage. Whatever your views on same-sex marriage the assertion that this is a change in attitude is almost undeniable when compared with 30 years ago.
It is also true to say that in almost every family there is at least one direct relative who is divorced, and there seems to be no correlation between divorce rates across social class divides as this post on Quora highlights.
Fifthly, the proliferation of online dating sites firstly facilitates relationships in a way that was not previously available, and according to statista.com the number of users of online dating sites (see our article about this here – online dating) who are in fact already married is only growing.
These are five reasons to check someone’s marital status. Of course, there are many more as the next section of this article points out:
If you have any of the following questions, this is for you:
If you would like to know:
- How to find out someone’s marital status?
- How to find out if someone is married for free?
- How to find marriage records or a marriage certificate?
- How to search consumer reports?
- How to conduct a background check?
- How to incorporate social media into your marriage search?
- How to access department of health records online?
- How to check someone’s married name?
- How to check if someone is divorced?
Consider this too: Do you simply want to know if someone in the USA (or indeed overseas) is married? Is a check on their marital status enough?
If you are considering marrying someone you’re dating, and you want to run a check to see if they are married, is this data enough? Probably not.
In the case of someone who has previously been married, they may have child support or alimony payments to make. You probably want to get a good idea of their financial standing. It would equally be a good idea to see if they have any criminal records or history.
If you are considering spending the rest of your life with someone, after all this is what marriage vows contain, then it’s completely legitimate to have a complete picture of someone’s background. It’s a truism to say that if someone lies about one thing, they probably lie about other things.
Whilst it is possible to find out if someone is married for free, this will take a vast amount of work on your part: Visiting County Clerk or recorders offices, and this is assuming you know where a marriage license was even issued.
Also, a challenge to doing your own research is that the marriage ceremony might have taken place in a different location than the place where a license was issued. For example, some couples may choose to have a civil marriage (i.e. in a courthouse) and then later solemnize the marriage in a church in a completely different county – or even a different state.
Marriage Check Requirements
Further complications can arise when requesting marriage records. Many jurisdictions require the full name of both parties (including maiden name, where applicable) as well as the date of the marriage.
If you don’t have this information, it is sometimes possible to request research to be done based on any information you do have, but this is usually something that has to be done in person (rather than online) – and often comes at an additional cost.
So, why not make things simple for yourself and work with us to help you get the information you need?
Here’s what a USA Trace Marriage Check will tell you:
USA Trace Marriage Checks are extremely comprehensive. You do have the option to run a People Check or a more Comprehensive background check, but for a very small difference in price, why not run a full background check?
This is the information you will receive:
- Marriage Records
- Divorce Records
- Birth Records
- Bankruptcy details
- Other contact details
- Criminal Records
- Tax Liens
- Arrest Records
- Business Data
- Felony Data
- Property Records
- Asset Records
- Judgments & Liens
- Current and Previous Addresses
- Cell Phone and Landline Numbers
- Details of Relatives
- Any Aliases used
- Email addresses
We hope you will agree, that with this information you will be well informed to make a fact-based as well as ‘heart-based’ decision about the rest of your life. So, why not get started now and run a search. You don’t have to pay anything until you’ve seen the free initial results to show you’ve located the correct person.
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