A Lost Ketubah
The Ketubah after the Wedding
After the Groom hands the Ketubah over to the Bride at the Chupah Ceremony, it is her responsibility to take special care to safeguard it in her home and not to lose it. According to rabbinic regulations it is forbidden for a man to live with his wife for even just one hour without the Ketubah. In a case of loss, one should check with the rabbi who officiated the wedding, they usually have a copy of the Ketubah, such a copy allows for the couple to remain together until a new Ketubah is written. In any case, if the original Ketubah is not found the husband is required to give his wife a new Ketubah, which is called “כתובה דאירכסא” (a lost Ketubah).
The new Ketubah's Text
In the new Ketubah one writes the liabilities which are usually written in a Ketubah as well as all the commitments the groom took upon himself during the Chupah. If one doesn’t remember the exact amount of money promised to the bride at that time, one can ask the witnesses who signed the original version of the Ketubah at the ceremony. Either way, one should consult with a Rav who is an expert at editing Ketubahs before doing so.
Here at Art Chazin you can download the version for a Lost Ketubah free of charge, we are happy to assist you with any further question you might have regarding this topic.