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So, am I married or not?

So, am I married or not?

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How would you feel if you found out your marriage license might not be valid?


"Flabbergasted," was Bryan resident Steffanie Balog's response.


Balog said she received a letter Monday stating her and her husband's marriage license had never been filed with the state of Texas. 


They were married in 2003.


"Of course my initial reaction was, 'We're not married,'" she said. "It was an awful feeling."

Especially, she said, since they will be celebrating their seven-year anniversary Monday.

Balog said her mind was flooded with scenarios of what that could mean: Was she married? What would have happened if one of them had died during that time period? Were there legal ramifications for this?



Thankfully, she said, since it was registered with Brazos County, everything worked out in the end, minus the temporary panic.

Brazos County Clerk Karen McQueen said she's never heard of the mistake being made, but that there was a possibility it did and employees stepped up and fixed the problem on their own.

However, finding the mistake does trigger a review of files to ensure no other errors have been made, she said. 

But the mistake doesn't change the marital status, she said. The couple is still married as long as it's filed with the county.

"We get them four to five years later that people forgot to bring in to begin with," she said.

"We hate it happened, but people make mistakes," she said. "Sometimes you have employees that are just not on top of things like they should be.”

Balog said was astonished and upset when she first found out. However, once the relief came, there were the jokes that came about with friends and family that "you still have time to reconsider," she said laughing.

But it's not a decision she would change, she said, adding she was happy the state would soon recognize her marriage.





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