August 15th, 2009 by Elizabeth Marie

Online Marriage to Have Legal Standing!

Since the social stigma surrounding internet dating and social networking has already dissipated, a new type of cyber-relationship has become prevalent amongst online lovers: online marriage. In India online marriage is already big business with many companies being set up to help people find and marry their ideal partner online. With an ancient cultural tradition of arranged marriage and proxy marriage, the idea has been quicker to take off in the subcontinent than many European countries.

Online Marriage
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In China, the concept of “wanghun” has already been around for years. It entails a certain type of internet marriage whereby the partners normally never meet in real life, and may even be married for-real already. Chinese sociologists have classified this as a type of adult game, the creation of an online fantasy relationship, and little more than an exercise in escapism.

In many countries, including the UK and the US, a properly conducted online marriage can have legal standing. The legal strength of this marriage will depend on exactly the type of marriage performed, and the laws in your state and country.

The most informal type of marriage that it is possible for citizens of common law countries (including the UK and the US) to practise is that of a marriage by correspondence. In this scenario a couple might meet online and verbally agree that they are married. The marriage may stand in some jurisdictions and not in others, and may not entail either partner to many of the legal and tax-status benefits of a ceremonial marriage.

To obtain a fully legally recognised marriage online, it’s necessary to engage in marriage by proxy. Proxy marriages can be organised by lawyers and solicitors and are valid even if neither partner is present at the time. This type of online marriage has many advantages for tax, insurance and is generally legally recognised for immigration purposes, after it has been consummated. Even before consummation, the partner is sometimes allowed to emigrate under legal “fiancé” status.

There are a great many legal firms online who charge a small fee for this service, and theoretically any lawyer in a jurisdiction which supports proxy marriages can file a proxy marriage. In most US states the marriages are recognised as nothing more than common law marriages, and so if  possible it is always preferable to have a full ceremonial marriage.

Moreover, proxy marriages can be incredibly expensive and so are usually only practised by military personnel who are on active duty and feel it a necessity to be married as soon as possible. Bearing all these caveats in mind, online marriage is certainly possible and has been practised by many around the world as a useful alternative to a ceremony in person.


Liz is We Love Dates social media manager. A former marketing account executive in the fashion industry, a bad breakup spurred Liz to start her first blog 5 years ago and she has been happily over-sharing with anyone who will read ever since. Obsessed with all things dating, love and tech, Liz has been referred to as the brunette Carrie Bradshaw on more than one occasion. If it's a day that ends in "Y", most likely you will find Liz furiously typing away on her laptop with a huge espresso nearby. Or two. Follow her every thought on Twitter and Google+.

11 Responses to “Online Marriage to Have Legal Standing!”

  1. August 18, 2010 at 3:53 am, Graham said:

    i am engaged to a wonderful in the us Texas and we want to get married but we need to know if we can do it legaly over the internet.

    please reply as we love each othervery much THANK YOU

  2. November 05, 2011 at 10:37 am, tanya henry said:

    i have been with a morrocan man 1 year now and its our dream to marry we love each other so much

  3. February 24, 2012 at 1:27 pm, Venisa Daniel said:

    I am in love with this American guy and he’s currently working in UK, my family doesn’t accept him because we are Indians, and they are forcing me to marry Indian guy whom I don’t even know, in fact they are trading me for money. We are in love and we want to get married soon. Please help us!

  4. March 28, 2012 at 1:07 am, Cameshia said:

    I am in love with a good hearted man that I have known since high school I enjoy are relationship he’s the only man that’s in my life that I can trust that cares about me and my daughter and has respect I would love to be able to merry him please help us

    • November 19, 2012 at 9:17 am, VYSHAK said:


  5. October 09, 2012 at 12:51 am, imdad ali said:

    I am a single guy
    i am student in uk
    i belong to pakistan
    and i want to get marry in uk or in europe
    please if somebody help me i’ll be very thank fulk for him

    • February 07, 2013 at 9:39 am, Munawar said:

      i am student in uk
      i belong to pakistan
      and i want to get marry in uk or in europe
      please if somebody help me i’ll be very thank fulk for him

  6. January 05, 2013 at 6:08 am, Mike said:

    Hi, the lady I love lives in Texas and i live India. We both want to get married online..cause we just cannot wait anymore.
    We truly love another and we think we should get married as soon as possible.
    Please help!!

  7. April 30, 2013 at 1:53 pm, germany mobile said:

    Everyone loves it when folks come together and share views.
    Great website, continue the good work!

  8. May 23, 2013 at 2:36 pm, temoor said:

    i m a muslim and i want to marry with a christian lady of philipine on intrnet,, please guide me how is posible,,and it will be ecceptable for me in philipine embasy or it will be acceptable for her to apply for pakistan in pakistan embasy ?

  9. March 08, 2014 at 4:15 pm, Kylar Pringle said:

    Hey, I’m in complete love with a very intelligent and gorgeous girl from the UK but I live in Colorado, US. I honestly can’t wait to see her, every waking moment is spent thinking about her and what we’re going to do with eachother when I get there. If there’s anyone out there that can help us get married or even help us meet eachother, you’d have my life at your will. This woman is all I care about and it honestly kills me not to be with her. If you do have any help that you can provide it would very helpful.

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