What if I got married outside of the United States?

The law requires VA to recognize marriages for VA purposes according to the law of the place where the parties resided, not the law of the place where the marriage was celebrated. Thus, whether VA could recognize your marriage for VA purposes would depend on whether the place where you or your spouse resided at the time of the marriage or the place where you or your spouse resided when you filed your claim (or a later date when you became eligible for benefits) would recognize your marriage.