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6 months ago, Mon, Jul 24, 2017, 05:43:08
Many people think the legal requirements for marriage are confusing and overwhelming. The reality is, once you know what is required in your state, the steps are simple, leaving you more time to concentrate on the more enjoyable parts of getting married. Although the legal requirements vary state to state, all legal marriages between a man and a woman performed in one state must be recognized by all other states. First of all, every state has different laws on the books so you must confer with your state to find out what laws apply. Requirements do vary by state, but they all want to confirm the basics: that you have proper identification, that you're not currently married to anyone else (if you previously were, you need proper divorce or widowhood papers) and that you're of legal age to marry. A good checklist of necessities includes: • Birth certificates • Parental consent if underage (usually under 18); you may also need court consent in this case • Photo identification (driver's license, state ID card, passport or birth certificate) • Social Security number • Proof of citizenship and/or residence • Divorce decree if divorced • Death certificate if widowed Marriage is one of the most important unions two people can enter into. Along with the happiness of marrying your partner, you should also be aware of the rights and legal responsibilities that come along with walking down the aisle. In order to make sure you understand all that marriage means from a legal and financial standpoint, you should speak with a lawyer in your state. A family law attorney can provide you with a free case review to help you get started. Visit us at: www.usmarriagelaws.com