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Sure, marriage is about two people who love each other confirming their commitment with an official (or not-so-official) ceremony. But there are some legal prerequisites and ramifications to getting married, and they're serious enough to consider before you say, "I do."

Here are a few of the most important legal things you should know, and a few things you should do, before you get married:

When a marriage goes bad, there may not be a whole lot of time for planning the divorce. In some cases, it's better to make a clean break quickly, and in other cases couples may have the time and patience to take things slowly.

Every relationship is different and there's no one way to go through a divorce, but there are some considerations worth keeping in mind when you're look for the best time to file divorce papers.

Top Adoption Law Questions

For a simple act of love and kindness, the law surrounding adoption can be fairly complicated. State adoption laws can vary, international adoption laws can seem impenetrable, and that's before you even get into the rights of birth parents.

Deciding to expand your family through adoption can be a beautiful one, but one that is also fraught with legal questions. Here are five of the biggest if you're considering adoption:

What to Do If You Suspect Your Ex of Child Abuse

You cannot protect your children from all the dangers they will encounter in life, and all the difficult situations. But you can certainly take steps to protect them when you suspect harm coming from within the family or people close to it during visitation.

Accusing someone of child abuse is a big deal, however, so do be thoughtful before you accuse your ex or their new mate of abuse. But don't wait until someone is seriously hurt. How do you achieve that balance? Let's examine.

What a Typical Child Visitation Schedule Looks Like

You are getting divorced, trying to prepare mentally for what your life will look like when everything is divided, including time with your children. What is a typical visitation schedule and who decides what's right for your family?

Depending on your ability to agree and communicate with your spouse at this point, you may be happy to hear that a lot is up to you two. Let's consider the principles applied to child visitation in divorce cases.

Priceless. That's what most of us pet owners would tell you about the value of our dogs, cats, and other furry, feathered, or scaly pets. (Well, maybe not cats, though as a dog owner, I might be biased.) But the Georgia Supreme Court might soon attach a dollar figure to your favorite non-human -- in an upcoming case, the court will decide whether, and how much, a family should be compensated for the loss of their dog.

So how much do you think Fido is worth?

Parents Can Record Kids' Conversations, NY Court Rules

Parents can record their kid without consent when it's in the child's best interests, the New York Court of Appeals ruled this week. The decision stems from a father recording his 5-year-old son being threatened by the mother's boyfriend. The recording was admitted over objection in a criminal case as contradicting wiretap laws.

But there was a dissent, joined by several justices, pointing out that changes to the law should be made by the legislature, and that there was little guidance as to age and maturity of the child required to record without the consent of at least one other person. Meanwhile, family law attorneys, reports the Associated Press, are concerned that the ruling will lead to confusion in future civil cases, particularly divorces. Let's look at some details.

Is It Illegal to Marry a Third Cousin?

Albert Einstein married his cousin, Elsa Lowenthal, and we can probably all agree that he was a pretty smart fellow. So why is marrying a first cousin frowned upon in this country and outright barred in half of the states?

Some say that this is based on outdated notions that predate modern genetics and that the rules should be thrown out. Indeed, in many other countries marrying cousins is not considered at all problematic. In fact, about 20 percent of marriages, or one in five worldwide is between cousins, according to the Huffington Post. So let's examine the myths and facts about cousin marriages.

How Long Can I Collect Past-Due Child Support?

Once long ago you were married, and in your divorce a court ordered your now-ex-spouse to pay child support, which never happened. In fact, it has been years of you going it alone and never receiving what the other parent was legally obligated to contribute. What can you do?

Child support is determined by state courts and the different states all have their own statutes of limitation on how long you can seek back child support. Let's look at a few examples across the country so you can see how to figure out what you need to know.

If you’re still smarting because your betrothed broke off your engagement, you may be pondering the many ways you could exact your revenge. Beyond the many illegal things you should definitely avoid doing, are there any legal remedies available for the jilted ex?

As it turns out, there was a common law doctrine known as “breach of marriage promise” that allowed you to sue someone for breaking off an engagement. But whether that still applies may depend on where you live.