AFFIDAVIT OF MARRIAGE BY COMMON LAW
We the undersigned hereby acknowledge that our marriage by operation of common law commenced on , at which time:
- we were residents of the state of ;
- we were at least 18 years old, we were not at that time married to other persons, and that we otherwise had the capacity to consent to the marriage;
- we agreed to be married;
- we were living together;
- we began a reputation of being married, and since then have consistently and openly held ourselves out to the community as being married; and
- there were no legal impediments to our marriage. A legal impediment includes, but is not limited to, a prior marriage (by common law or otherwise) of either party that has not been legally terminated by death or divorce, the parties are the same sex, or the parties are closely related and would be prohibited under state law from marrying.
We understand that by completing this form, we are asserting that we are married for all legal purposes and will remain married until death or divorce. We understand that divorce may occur only as a result of a proceeding in a court of law. The undersigned employee agrees to inform Stillwater Mining Company of any change in my marital status within 30 days of such change and to present any reasonable evidence of such changes to Stillwater Mining Company.
We have been advised to consult with an attorney regarding the possibility that the filing of this Affidavit may have other legal and financial consequences, including the fact that it may, in the event of the termination of the common law marriage, be regarded as a factor leading a court to treat the relationship as a legal marriage for the purposes of establishing and dividing property, assigning joint debt and for the payment of support.
We agree to present such further documentation of our marriage as Stillwater Mining Company may require and make such documentation available for copying. We certify that any and all information that we may present as evidence of our marriage is true and accurate and that any documents presented are authentic.
We understand that misrepresentation of marital status for purposes of obtaining medical or other benefits may be considered fraud and could make either or both of us liable to repay benefits that were wrongly obtained. In addition, the undersigned employee may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.
We affirm, under penalties of perjury, that the assertions in the Affidavit are true and correct to the best of our knowledge.
STATE OF )
County of )
Signed or attested before me on , by and
Notary Public for the State of
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