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Questions about the legal issues of forming, ending and living within a marriage.

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Remarriage after divorce

I just had a question about remarrying after a divorce. Is it legally required to show a divorce decree at the time of remarriage? Also how would it effect the marriage registration if one didn't ...
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Why doesn't the law allow a “test-drive” of a child bride before marriage?

I was just wondering, suppose a 40 year old man really loves a 15 year old girl and wants to marry her and the feeling is mutual between them. The parents of the girl give pre-approval for the couple ...
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What legal consequences might reasonably arise from marking marriage status on tax forms incorrectly?

I want to get married through a confidential marriage license (I'm a California resident), but I don't want my accountant to know (for annoying family reasons). If he later goes through my tax forms ...
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Can my sister-in-law be barred from my parents' will? [duplicate]

My sister-in-law is a horrible person, and I was wondering what would happen if my brother passed away after my parents' will was already executed. In the event my brother passed first, it's obvious I ...
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Marriage between two brothers and related situations

Incest (for example between a brother and sister) seems to be illegal in most countries. The main (and only?) argument for that is that there is a high probability that the children might be ...
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What legal protections exist for people entering into polyamorous relationships in the United States?

Polyamorous relationships exist when at least one partner in a relationship has additional partners. Consider the following hypothetical arrangement: Person A is married to Person B. Person B has a ...
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On Irish marriage property and divorce law circa 1939

My questions arise from a scenario in Finnegans Wake by James Joyce, published in 1939, and hence pertain to Irish law around or before 1939. As a young Dublin girl, Anna inherits property from her ...
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Do “homewrecker” laws exist in any other western country than United States?

I was reading this article A North Carolina man just won U$S 750,000 lawsuit after suing his wife lover which mentions men earning figures such as U$S 750,000 or even U$S 8,800,000 for suing his wife'...
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How inherited Property Assets Split in a Divorce in Ontario, Canada

I cannot find any detains on how Ontario law Deals with the splitting of assets in a divorce. I am specifically interested in if their are any exemptions to inherited family property (a farm owned by ...
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How many legal wives does Winston Blackmore have?

On wikipedia it says Winston's father only had one legal wife: Anne Mae was the first of Ray's six wives, and the only wife he was legally married to. Winston's father only had one "formal wife", ...
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Solemnization of a marriage

In a marriage license, there is a section in which witnesses write their signatures and verify that such a marriage has taken place in their presence. Is it true to say,” I was a witness to ...
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International marriage and divorce law (Australian marrying a non-Australian)

If an Australian marries a non-Australian outside of Australia, what is the legal status of their marriage in Australia and the implications for the Australian party in the unfortunate event of ...
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If I have access to some else's Whatsapp, can I use it as evidence?

I have a client who asked me the following question. Her husband gave her access to his Whatsapp as a trust exercise. She then used it to open Whatsapp web on her computer and follow the ...
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Concurrent polygamy

Polygamy, as explained by dictionaries, means "married to more than one person at the same time". In nations where polygamy is deemed illegal, laws often include terms preventing a person from ...
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If a USA citizen marries a foreign citizen who has a kid from a previous marriage [closed]

I have a niece who is divorced and we want her to get rehabilitated and one possibility is that she may marry a USA citizen. She has a 11-year-old son from a previous marriage. I looked in Google ...
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Can co-parents-in-law marry? For example, a husband's father and a wife's mother

In the The Simpsons episode, Lady Bouvier's Lover, Marge's mom dates Homer's dad. Here, Homer and Marge are characters who are married. If he marries your mother, Marge, we'll be brother and sister!...
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How does bigamy affect a UK Spouse Visa?

I am a British citizen. I sponsored my 'husband' for a spouse visa but found out he's already married in the USA. His legal wife notified Home Office. I knew he was in a relationship but not that he ...
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Does marriage speed up the green card process?

I have a friend that doesn’t have legal US documents, but who got married about a year ago to a US citizen. As far as I know, he hasn’t ever applied for a greed card or anything like that. Now that he ...
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I'm a Canadian Citizen and want to marry an American Citizen, but still live in Canada

I'm just wondering if I am able to marry an American citizen if I'm Canadian, and still reside in Canada, while he will still reside in USA. We are not able to move abroad for probably a few years, at ...
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Are there non-marriage legal arraignments with similar protections in Montana?

My brother-in-law lives in Montana with his son and the sons mother. For personal reasons he doesn't want to get married, and in part that has to do with divorce. On the other hand, if something ...
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How to preserve resources while trying to solidify a shaky marriage

My wife and I have been married for a few years and have a prenup which essentially states that all inherited property and previously declared property is "personal" and "community property" is ...
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A man killed my son and married one of the witnesses. Can the witness's statements still be used in court against him?

In Florida a career felon, who is a complete stranger to my son, killed my son. He is being prosecuted for this crime in a state court in Florida. There are two witnesses. One of them is the the ...
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At what point is a marriage lawful?

When my sister got married, at the rehearsal the celebrant said he had to be careful what he said and when because if he said 'too much' they would end up married sooner than they planned. Although ...
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In Europe, is it legal to have a fully consentual open marriage? (specifically sexual relationships with other couples)

As per the title : In Europe, is it legal to have a fully consentual open marriage? (specifically sexual relationships with other couples) The question comes from the legal basis that in theory ...
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Marriage certificate only shows maiden name

Before my husband and I got married, we filed for a marriage license at the court house, and it specifically had a line item for "name after marriage", in which I took my husband's last name. However, ...
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Marrying a US citizen without applying for a green card

I am on a J1 Visa but will marry a US citizen in December, 6 Months before my J1 expires. I do not want to apply for a Green Card afterwards, instead I want to go back home to study. Will I legally ...
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Why is Age of Consent set at a specific age?

Suppose a 15 year old girl is wed by her own parents to a 30 year old man and she gives her consent. In most US states this marriage will not be recognized and the man would likely be prosecuted for ...
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In Florida, can a 24 year old have relationship with a 17 year old if their relationship started a year earlier?

In Florida, the age of consent is 18, but there is an exception that allows for people up to the age of 23 to have a relationship with someone 16 years and older. (1) A person 24 years of age or ...
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Are UK civil partnerships still 'monogamous'?

With civil partnerships soon opening to everyone in the UK, I have been unabe to find whether - like with marriage - you are limited to have one with only a single person? Could some insight with ...
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If someone found out after the wedding that their partner had been sterilized, what rights would they have?

A friend of mine was dating, and nearly married an immigrant woman. While she was in the "old country," her parents had her sterilized under circumstances that would be illegal in the U.S. but ...
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Child expressly wishes to live with other parent. What is legal position of that other parent? (in general terms)

I am intending to phrase this in broad terms so that it may be useful to posterity, not just myself. The broad situation is: Location is England, United Kingdom Father and mother are physically ...
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Would economic and healthcare-related pressure constitute duress in the annulment of a marriage?

I've found the legal definition of duress to be quite well-specified in the case of criminal law, but little of that seems directly applicable to the civil domain. That said, I'm unsure as to if a ...
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Are state marriage records publicly accessible online?

Are state marriage records publicly accessible online? Is there a database (free or subscription-only) where such information can be found?
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I am an American about to marry a Russian girl in Russia. Do I need a pre-nup?

My fiance is not a "Russian bride"; she's a real girl I've been dating for a year, we love each other, and want to get married. If we marry in Russia, do I need a pre-nup? If we later on get a ...
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Using two last names after marriage to reduce document updates

If after marriage, I take both my and my spouses last names, would I need to update documents such as my passport and driver's license? For example, John Apple ==> John Apple Pear Jane Pear ==&...
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Under what conditions can a married couple not be considered (or be considered) co-defendants?

I apologize if the question is a bit vague but I was hoping a general answer might help people in the future. My wife and I were recently charged in a municipal case that involved a co-owned property ...
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What happens if husband and wife want to give their surnames to a child and won't compromise?

What surname child will be given if mother and father cannot compromise on it? Let's say woman kept her surname after marriage.Child was born and now both want this child to carry their surnames. They ...
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What is the legal status of challenging polyamory prohibition in USA?

I know some people (especially in various poly/kink communities) have discussed the idea extensively that post-same-sex-marriage SCOTUS decision, it should be possible to defeat the prohibition on ...
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Marrying an immigrant and siging a prenup

I've been dating a man who's a Mexican immigrant. We want to get married but he wants me to sign a prenup. He has condos and restaurants and I have nothing right now. Some of his properties and ...
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Am I responsible for my spouse's careless behavior?

My spouse is a great person, but careless. I am what many would call overly cautious. If my spouse's carelessness causes an accident (spouse is walking the dog and the dog knocks an old lady down, ...
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“Reward” for each biological child in prenup agreement?

Let's assume this hypothetical scenario where: to-be husband does not want to enter marriage without prenup agreement that clearly ensures separate property; AND to-be wife does not want to have ...
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In US, does marriage protect men from paternity fraud or make it more liable?

Suppose I am a rich man who wants a biological heir. I find a woman that agrees to bear me a child. Should I get married? In what jurisdiction is getting married a good legal move? A book by Matt ...
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Can a person sign away alimony after marriage

Hypothetical question: Mary and Sam have been married for 20 years. During the marriage both persons commit adultery and reconcile at different stages of the marriage. Let's also say there is still ...
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Moving with my children to the US after marriage

What would I need to do to have my minor sons move to the states after marriage? My boys are 11 and 13. I plan on marrying my fiance who lives in Washington, but I will not move without my sons.
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How does the government define people who are not married but living together?

I receive disability benefits from Social Security, and every year they do a phone interview. In the past, I was asked if I was married, and I said, no. They also asked if I lived with anyone I ...
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Will a Muslim with multiple wives who travels to the U.S. be charged with polygamy?

If you are a Muslim with multiple wives, and you travel to the U.S., will you be charged with polygamy? What if you are also a U.S. citizen? (I'm just curious how this works for people from Saudi ...
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Does a property given to a spouse in a first marriage still get shared in a death after a second mariage?

Does a property given to a spouse in a first marriage still get shared after a death in the second marriage that was out of community of property with accruals? Backstory A husband was married to ...
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Is it possible to be married without anyone knowing besides the spouses?

I was thinking about how a living will can be found after the fact to declare someones intent to do with the money. Can something similar exist for weddings? Like if there is video of someone ...
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Can a U.S. citizen who renounced his citizenship, get a green card through his American wife?

Here's the situation: A dual citizen American-British couple lives abroad (i.e. in the U.K). Because of the burdens of U.S. worldwide tax (the only country that does this besides Eritrea) the husband ...
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Could marriage of two people who share a half sibling but do not share parents constitute incest?

Suppose that two parents have a child named Sam before divorcing. Sam's father then marries another woman and has a daughter, Daisy, while Sam's mother marries another man and has a son, Matthew. ...