I married someone with an alias name. Am I still legally married to them?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question: 

If I married someone and I found out that they used an alias name and that’s not their real name on their birth certificate , am I still legally married to them?

State: 
Pennsylvania

Answer: 

You are probably still very legally married since the name difference does not substantially alter your existing marriage. It might represent a name “mistake” on the certificate to some, while others may construe it as fraud if the misrepresentation resulted in some sort of gain through deception. It really is not enough of a problem to qualify for an annulment though. In order to obtain an annulment in Pennsylvania, bigamy, incest, mental illness or serious physical disabilities must be present. An alias is somewhat less egregious. Paperwork mistakes do not usually invalidate marriages. They simply require correction in most cases. – The Divorce.com Team

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