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New Law in Virginia is Stopping Kids Under 16 From Getting Married

While many people did not even know that children under the age of 16 could get married throughout many of the states in the country, now there is a ban that is being put on the children from being able to get married if they’re not at least 16 and with the permission of their […]

Can You Automatically Become Married?

Not all 50 states acknowledge what is known as a common law marriage.  This is the term given when individuals have lived together for so long the state acknowledges them as a married couple.  The rights may be similar or even the same as a legal marriage in states that recognize common law marriage; however, […]

All You Need to Know about How to Get Married

Marriage is one of the biggest events you will have in your entire life.  It is probably in the top three moments along with having a child and buying your first home.  There is a lot of planning involved in what to wear and who to invite, but there is also the legal side of […]

Importance of an Expert Divorce Lawyer

There is often a joke among lawyers that there are plenty of down on their luck lawyers who hang around churches in order to hand out their business cards to couples who are getting married. Although the joke is a bit over the top, it is indeed true that there are plenty of divorce lawyers […]

Marriage or Civil Union

The debate over whether gay and lesbian couple should be able to legally marry is still a controversial debate, despite the fact that a majority of states now have legalized gay and lesbian marriages.  To understand why there are such strong emotions on both sides of the fence one has to realize the definition of […]

Requirements for a marriage license

Are you thinking about getting married?   Do you wonder how complicated it is to obtain the proper paperwork to get a marriage license?  In the movies and on TV, couples are seen hopping in a car and racing off to elope.  How realistic is that?  Can you get legally married at the drop of a […]

Changes in Marital Law in Florida

It is not uncommon for states to change laws as circumstances merit.  As society sees a need for change, it’s up to each state to determine its stance on the law that governs that area.  Marital law is no different.  Over the years Florida has changed its legal view on several laws.  Here is a […]

Common Law marriages and wills

Relationships are confusing.  It’s difficult enough to keep on going these days without worrying about any legal situations in a relationship.  Before the 1960’s it seemed the “normal” relationship for males and females was marriage.  Living together was not considered legal.  As laws relaxed regarding cohabitation, many couples opted to live together prior to making […]

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