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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:
Does your betrothed have serious debt issues? Are either of you changing your name? Why does it matter if you have a will? Don't get married without knowing the answers to these essential questions.
And know that you know what you need to know, here's what you need to do before you get married.
A marriage certificate is how you make your undying love official in the eyes of the law. And a marriage license is how the law determines if you're eligible for a marriage certificate.
Not every couple wants a formal church ceremony. So how do you make sure your non-traditional marriage has the same legal effect?
Do you need a lawyer? Do you both need different lawyers? Should you get it on tape? Not every couple needs a prenuptial agreement, but here's what you need to know before signing one.
One of the big reasons people get married is for the tax breaks. But here's a breakdown of how getting married could be a bad idea for your tax liability.
Your to-do list doesn't end with "I do." Make sure you know what will have to be done after you get married.
Getting married is a huge decision, emotionally and legally. If you have more questions about getting prepared for marriage or the legal effect of getting married, make sure to contact an experienced family attorney before the ceremony.