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General Information about Family Law

VII.
Adoption
II.
Marriage
A. Public Adoption
A. Traditional
B. Private Adoption
B. Common Law
C. Transracial Adoption
III.
Premarital/Prenuptial Agreement
D.

Intra-national and International Adoption

IV.
Divorce
E. Single Parent Adoption
A. Grounds and Fault
F. Summary of Adoption Procedures
B. Annulment
VIII.
Child Custody and Visitation
V.
Alimony, Spousal Support and Maintenance
IX.
Child Support
VI.
Division of Property
X.
Domestic Violence
A. Equitable Distribution
XI.
Conclusion
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Marriage

A marriage is a relationship between or among individuals, usually recognized by civil authority and/or bound by the religious beliefs of the participants. Because marriage often has the dual nature of a binding legal contract plus a moral promise, it is often difficult to characterize.

 

 

Traditional

In some form or another, marriage is found in virtually every society. Marriage has traditionally been understood as a monogamous union. In some parts of today’s world, polygamy is a common form of marriage. However, all states prohibit a marriage to more than one person. Marriage is also prohibited between close family members. A few of the more common restrictions are:

1. A marriage between blood related siblings, parent and child, and aunt or uncle and niece and nephew.

2. Generally the minimum age requirement for marriage is 18 years old, although some states permit marriage at a younger age if parents consent to the marriage.

3. One or both parties must meet state residency requirements.

It is mandatory in most states that a formal ceremony of some kind be performed with witnesses and a religious or licensed official.

Federal and state laws give married couples many benefits. Such benefits include:

1. Decision making powers about your spouse in case of disability

2. Claimant rights for loss of consortium (loss of interest that one spouse is entitled to receive from the other, including companionship, cooperation, affection, aid and sexual relations)

3. Certain tax advantages

4. Inheritance rights under state intestate succession laws

5. Federal benefit rights including disability, unemployment, social security, veterans’ pension and public assistance benefits

6. Creating a marital estate fund

7. Receive family rates on insurance

8. Avoid deportation of a non-citizen spouse

In some instances, many couples find it advantageous to consult an attorney about entering into a premarital or prenuptial agreement. This is useful as it allows them to work through financial issues and the potential disagreements that can be created prior to marriage.
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