Marriage By Proxy
Marriage by proxy is one of the most confusing forms of union between a couple. In the situation where one, sometimes both, members of a couple can not attend a wedding, someone else can stand in for them. There are special rules for marriages of this nature, and they are not readily accessible or cheap to have done.
When a marriage by proxy takes place, there must be witnesses to the union, and legal confirmation that this is a desired course of action by both partners. In addition to this, there are few places that recognize marriage by proxy, and fewer places still that will perform a double proxy marriage. The availability of these styles of ceremonies are limited to location, and recognition of this form of marriage is determined by where you are currently living.
Currently, in the United States, only Montana, Texas, California and Colorado permit marriage by proxy. Iowa, on the other hand, does not recognize marriage by proxy. If you have been wed by proxy elsewhere and live in Iowa, it is considered as if you and your partner are both single. This can cause legal and financial hardships. If you have been joined by a proxy marriage, it is suggested you acquire a court marriage if you are to be residing in Iowa.
Marriage by proxy has been around for many centuries. One of the most renown marriages by proxy was performed in 1810, where Napoleon wed Archduchess Marie Louise. The most modern usage of proxy marriage has taken place in Islamic countries, where rulings and regulations make proxy marriages more simple than traditional ceremonies.
Another example of a form of marriage by proxy occurred in early 1900, where Japanese picture bridges would come from Japan and wed Japanese or American men. The marriage would take effect immediately upon acceptance by both parties, and affirmed legally in the United States upon arrival of the bride to America.
This form of marriage is a more common occurrence in Middle Eastern and Asian cultures, although it is popular in Mexico as well.
Marriage y proxy is not a permitted form of union for immigration purposes, with only a few exceptions to this ruling. If you seek to wed someone from afar and immigrate, you will need to have a traditional ceremony to work around immigrations. This policy is virtually universal, with the exception of countries like Mexico, which have few limitations on who may live there.