The law of the place where a marriage occurred ordinarily determines the validity
of a marriage. If the marriage is valid in the state where celebrated, other states
usually recognize the marriage to be valid. However, even though the marriage was
valid where it was celebrated, it may be void in the state of the worker's domicile
if it violates the law or public policy of that state. See GN 00305.001B for definitions of state and domicile.
Examples of marriages that might violate the law or public policy of the worker’s
state of domicile are marriages involving people under a certain age, polygamous marriages,
or when recognition is otherwise prohibited by the Uniform Marriage Evasion Act. For
more information about this Act and which states it applies to, refer to GN 00305.155. For more information about proof of marital relationships and when states recognize
or do not recognize a marriage, refer to GN 00305.000 et seq.