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Are the Weddings on 'Love Is Blind' Legal? Does Love Bind?

Jennifer Tisdale - Author

Sep. 16 2022, Updated 1:59 p.m. ET

Netflix's Love Is Blind is all about taking chances. Eligible singletons are brought together to get to know one another in pods, and, after spending days forming connections, they can take a leap of faith and get engaged.

In the weeks that follow the pod proposals, the engaged pairs take a vacation to Mexico together before they move in, meet the relatives of their new partners, and plan a wedding.

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Since the Netflix series began in 2020, four total couples have tied the knot. Unfortunately, both of the Season 2 pairs have since split up, leading some fans to wonder if the weddings they see on the show are legal.

Are the Love Is Blind weddings legal? Does love bind — and do the couples actually have to get legally divorced?

Danielle Ruhl and Nick Thompson
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Are the 'Love is Blind' weddings legally binding?

When the engaged couples make it to their wedding days on Love Is Blind, they must decide whether they want to get married, or if they want to take some time apart from their fiancés.

This portion of the season is often the most dramatic, as one partner generally says yes, while the other says no. If the stakes seem high during the weddings, it could be because the unions are, actually, legally binding.

In March 2020, TMZ reported that after reaching out to Fulton County Court in Atlanta, Ga., they were able to locate marriage records for the two Season 1 couples, Lauren Speed and Cameron Hamilton, and Matthew Barnett and Amber Pike.

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'Love is Blind' Season 1
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Matt and Amber

Amber Pike and Matt "Barnett" Barnett got married on November 13, 2018, and Lauren Speed and Cameron Hamilton wed three days later. In February 2020, while speaking with Refinery29, Lauren said, "This is a real legally binding marriage. This is not for TV. This is our life," which is partially what made it so terrifying. Cameron adorably added, "I framed [the marriage license] and put it up in my office."

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The couples who wed on Season 2, Danielle Ruhl and Nick Thompson, and Jarrette Jones and Iyanna McNeeley, were also legally married — which we learned when the pairs filed for divorce.

In records obtained by E! News, Danielle filed for divorce from her husband of just over a year in Cook County Circuit Court in Illinois on Aug. 15.

Danielle and Nick have not yet formally announced their divorce, but Jarrette and Iyanna confirmed that they, too, were also in the "process of divorcing" in joint Instagram statements on Aug. 17.

"After much thought, we're saddened to share that we have separated and will begin the process of divorcing. While we have love for each other, our lives are going in different directions and that's OK," the pair wrote. "Coming to this decision was far from easy and we will always wish each other the absolute best."

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The second edition of 'Love Is Blind: After the Altar' filmed before the divorces were announced.

When the trailer for the reunion special, Love Is Blind: After the Altar, dropped just a few days after fans learned about Nick and Danielle's split, some assumed that they would get some clarity about the causes of the divorces on the show.

Unfortunately, the three-part catch-up special filmed in March of 2022, which was long before the two married pairs decided to part ways.

However, the latest Season 2 episodes did highlight some of the issues that Jarrette and Iyanna were dealing with as they adjusted to married life.

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On the series, Iyanna and Jarrette were candid about their marital difficulties. Iyanna moved out because Jarrette was still going out until the early morning hours. Though it seemed like they had reconciled their differences by the time the special ended, we now know that they've decided to divorce.

Both seasons of Love Is Blind are available to stream on Netflix now. The third season will debut on the streamer on Oct. 19.

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