Let’s all remember that the government recognizes your marriage only if you buy a marriage license. If you get married in church and keep it between you and God, the government will still consider you single.
If you file your taxes as a single divorced person do you have to include a copy of the divorce decree? I’ve never had to provide one before and I’ve been through 3 divorces.
Exactly! My south of the border neighbors (not my real neighbors, I’m speaking metaphorically) in my town were married in Mexico. They are not recognized as married here in the US. Thus they get SNAP as they both file as no income (most get paid in cash), and they both file as having custody of the kids (no SS card, so... no way to cross reference). They get WIC cards, no taxes (except sales taxes), food for the kids in school, free schooling (our public schools are NOT free here to the average working family). The list of bennies goes on and on.
They have no desire to get married legally, and are trained not to do so.
Similar but not the same with Baby Mommas and their Baby Daddies. You make more money being single and claiming your kids as dependents.
This is why folks who have way less than me can afford to drive Escalades, and I drive a VW TDI.