How accurate is a marriage calculator?
According to the American Psychological Association, the accuracy of the accuracy is between 20% and 80% for determining whether you’re getting married.
For example, if you’re looking at a wedding certificate and the name on it says “Marriage Certificate,” the accuracy may be as low as 0% for the certificate.
If the certificate says “Dedicated Relationship,” you’re likely to get a lower accuracy, said Lisa Kelleher, director of the marriage and family program at the National Center for Marriage and Family Research, a nonprofit group that promotes marriage equality.
She explained that accuracy comes from the fact that there are thousands of couples in the U.S. who want to get married but aren’t sure how to do so.
The couples aren’t looking to get their license to get on a plane, and the certificates they’re looking for don’t have the same stamp as those from a wedding.
The certificate has to have the words “Married to” or “Marital Partner” on it, and that can’t be changed.
So, to be accurate, the only way to know whether a marriage certificate says your marriage is valid is to go to the marriage registry, which has been doing the job for decades.
But Kellehar said there are still people who think marriage certificates are inaccurate because they’re not signed by the person who’s getting married, or that people are getting married to people who aren’t their friends or their neighbors.
“I would say 90% of people would agree with that statement, but people still don’t know that they need to ask permission to get this certificate,” she said.
There are other ways to get an accurate marriage certificate.
For instance, you can get one from a private registry that you have to fill out online.
Another way is to take the state-issued certificate and look it up on the state’s website.
And if you want to change a wedding date, you’ll have to get permission from the registrar, which may not be easy.
“There’s a lot of confusion around that process,” Kelleh told The Huffington Post.
If you’re wondering what the accuracy rating of a marriage registry is, you might want to look into a company that does the job, she said, which includes the American Registry of Vital Statistics.
Kelleer said she would recommend checking the website of each of the various registries to see what they have to say about marriage certificates.
“It’s always important to look at the documents themselves and check them for accuracy and validity,” she added.
For now, Kelleth said the most accurate way to determine whether a certificate says you’re married is to look it in the mirror.
You don’t want to be fooled by what you see on the certificate, she explained.