Thursday, October 11, 2007
When two Foreign Service Officers get married, there’s a lot of paperwork to be done. They’ve even got a guide to what you need to do and forms you need to submit. Basically, in the absence of this paperwork, one or more governments might consider you to be married, hospitals and lawyers and whoever else might consider you to be married, but the State Department will not consider you to be married to one another. Not without the appropriate paperwork.
We thought we were on the ball with the paperwork. We even submitted some of it earlier than we needed to. But we found out this week that, somehow, the documents sent by our officiant to the county to officially register our marriage did not actually make it to the appropriate office at the county. We wouldn’t have realized this for quite some time had the State Department not insisted we provide the actual official copy of our marriage certificate. So we find ourselves actually somewhat thankful that we have to jump through all of these hoops and submit all of this paperwork. It’ll be a major pain to fix the problem, considering the people who need to sign things are now in three different locations, each separated by several time zones, but at least we know about it.
Now if we could only encourage the powers that be to consider allowing us to live in the same city, we’ll have made some great strides . . .