US News and World Report published an article last week for brides-to-be called How to Plan your Wedding and Keep Your Job. The article cited FindLaw's recent press release that found 21% of young couples are deferring their wedding until economic times are better.
No matter when you plan to have your big day, there are legal issues to consider as part of the process. Here are some legal matters for you to take care of while planning your wedding:
Name Change - If you plan to change your last name, even if it is to hyphenate your existing name, you need to legally do so with the State and Federal governments and notify certain businesses or people. This includes the motor vehicle department, social security office, and your place of work to name a few. Click here for a complete list of institutions and people you should notify when you change your name (and address too!).
Waiting Period - Several states, including Alaska, New Jersey and Wisconsin require couples to wait as much as 5 days between the date they apply for their marriage license and when they are able to receive it. A handful of other states also have provisions for the length of time that passes before a couple can get married after receiving their license. And in most states, a marriage license expires, with the length of time varying between 1 and 12 months. Click here for the list of waiting period provisions by state.
Blood Test - Although less prevalent than in decades past, a few states - including Mississippi and District of Columbia - still require a couple to get a blood test and submit the results as part of the marriage license application. See the list of states that require a blood test.
Pre-marital Agreement - Once considered an option only for the wealthy, experts recommend one for individuals that may be bringing certain types of assets or property to the marriage. To understand if a prenuptial agreement is right for you take our quick Prenup quiz.
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