Fake mariage - Real license
I'm a dual citizen French/American, my girlfriend is American, we live in California and we are planning to go on a RTW trip on two bikes.
I got the feeling that it would be useful to be maried. Some countries may deliver a visa more easily to a French national, some to an American citizen. Some countries don't allow non-maried couples to share the same room. In case of problems if one of us ends up in jail, the other may not have any right to help or visit etc...
The problem is that we don't want to get maried quite yet. A trick could be for us to apply for mariage, get the Mariage _License_ (a fairly official looking document that would impress any cop or border guard) but not go to a minister to celebrate the union and, of course, never return the Mariage _Certificate_ (which is the actual proof of mariage).
1) Is it really useful to be maried? If you have travelled with your spouse/companion, have you ever been asked if you were maried? Did you have to show a proof of mariage?
2) (for those of you US lawyers...) Is there any legal implication in filing for a Mariage License but never complete the Mariage Certificate?