When a couple announces that a marriage proposal has been made and accepted, loved ones understandably tend to turn their attention to the planning of that couple’s wedding. Oftentimes, very little thought is given to the legal side of getting married, even though legally recognized marriage requires a license and results in a host of rights and responsibilities. Because the attention of loved ones tends to be focused elsewhere, it falls to engaged couples themselves to seek out legal education and guidance in preparation for this critically important life transition.
If you are either engaged or likely to become engaged soon, we offer you our sincere congratulations. We hope you will consider connecting with our firm as soon as you can in order to take necessary legal steps in preparation for your upcoming transition from legally single individuals to a married couple. Addressing the legal side of marriage is not nearly as fun as planning a wedding can be, but it is a critically important process and one that your future selves will almost certainly thank you for attending to.
One of the more obvious steps a couple must take in preparation for the legal side of matrimony is securing a marriage license. It is important to take this step within the window of time allowed by state law, so that it doesn’t expire before your wedding takes place. In addition, you should not wait until the last minute to secure this license, as processing and mandatory wait times may impede your ability to get married when you plan to if your license is not ready and valid on the date of your wedding.
In addition, there are a host of other legal considerations you and your future spouse will want to ponder with an attorney’s assistance before you say “I do.” For example, do either of you want to change your name(s)? Do you need to update existing estate plans, living wills, powers of attorney, etc? Would your marriage directly benefit from outlining your financial expectations, social media activity boundaries or other matters in a prenuptial agreement? Have you disclosed important assets and debts to each other? Taking time to work through some of these issues now may allow you to have a much stronger, healthier marriage later.
Legal Guidance Is Available
If you are engaged or are likely to become engaged soon and asking “who is a skilled family law attorney?”, please consider scheduling a consultation with our firm. After learning about you and your romantic partner, we will be able to advise you about any legal tools and processes that may be relevant to you right now. We can also discuss any questions you may have about the legal realities that accompany becoming a married couple. The ways in which the law governs married relationship are significant in nature. It therefore tends to be a good idea to be prepared for that change in circumstance. We look forward to learning about you and helping you and your future spouse adjust and make informed decisions accordingly.