Legal Aspects of Getting Married

What are the Legal Aspects of Getting Married?

Marriage is a time for celebration and love, but it is also a time that can seem stressful. There are many aspects that couples must consider before marriage, both legal and otherwise. Failure to do so could cause irreparable damage to the married couple later on.

Legal Aspects of A Marriage

It is important to know what each spouse is getting into once they both decide to enter into a serious legal relationship together. The words “mine” and “yours” no longer apply in a relationship when two people get married as everything is shared. Some legal aspects to think about before marriage include:
  • Taxes
  • Assets (things owned such as a house or a car)
  • Liabilities (money owed)
  • Name change
A wedding is an opportunity for a couple to confirm their love for one another in front of their family and friends, but a marriage license is what makes their union legal. A marriage certificate must be acquired in order for a marriage to be legal. To obtain a marriage license visit your local County Clerk. Information about obtaining a marriage license in the state of Florida can be found at the Florida Department of Health website. Knowing the legal issues that come with marriage can help couples counter surprises and helps strengthen relationships. 

What Questions Should I Ask Before Marriage?

Marriage should be entered into after a sound and thoughtful discussion. Questions that should be asked before marriage include: 

  • Where will we live? 
  • Who will take whose last name?
  • What is my spouse’s credit history? and
  • What are my partner’s thoughts on raising children? 

Pre/Postnupital Agreements-What are They, and Do I Need Them in My Marriage?

Prenuptial Agreements

Sometimes, before getting married, couples will enter into a written agreement that determines what financial obligations and/or assets each spouse will receive or retain should the marriage end in dissolution. This is commonly referred to as a prenuptial agreement. Prenuptial agreements can sometimes be lengthy and strenuous documents and a lawyer might be needed to make sure each party is protected. The following are a list of examples as to why a prenuptial agreement might be needed:
  • Specifies each party’s assets, debts, and rights before marriage.
  • Determines amount of spousal support, dissolution of assets if the marriage ends.
  • In event of a spouse’s death it distributes his or her estate according to their wishes.

Postnuptial Agreements

Postnuptial agreements are very similar to prenuptial agreements in that each spouse still enters into a written agreement that determines what financial obligations and/or assets each spouse will receive or retain should the marriage end in dissolution. The only difference is that this written agreement is made after the couple has already been married. Also, each partner is privy to more specific information about each other’s assets in a postnuptial agreement than in a prenuptial agreement.

Planning a marriage can seem like a difficult enough task and adding the legal aspects of what a marriage entails can make it a very strenuous process. Sometimes you need the help of an experienced marriage attorney to sort it all out.

Call 407.648.4940 or contact Coye Law Firm today for a free, private strategy session about your case.

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