My question involves marriage law for the State of: California
Because of a quickly looming company transfer, my husband (very recently deceased) and I were married in a civil ceremony at the Long Beach Courthouse in 1992. The marriage was officiated by the County Clerk and we went on our merry way for the next 26 years. Since his death last month, I have looked everywhere for our marriage certificate and have been unable to find it. I have sent off to the County of Los Angeles both for a Public Certificate and a Confidential Certificate because I could not remember which one we had gotten. Both came back "unable to find"!!!.
I am now really confused about where to go from here. I am starting to believe (sadly) that it was never recorded. We were married on a week day morning so I'm wondering if one can search in person of all marriages that day...thinking that maybe there has been a typo or something else that went wrong.
I can't seem to get much help from the Recorders office. Do I need to get an Attorney and what kind of practice would this fall under.
The problem is with Social Security. They need the Certificate so that I can receive my Husbands benefit which is about $300.00 higher than my own.
I would greatly appreciate any advice or help to move forward.