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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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Are marriage records public records?

I had thought that marriage records were public records and that it was the right of any member of the public to know whether two people are legally married and to know what marriages have taken place ...
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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. ...
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Are Two People Considered a Single Person When Married

In the United States of America is a married couple, regardless of sex, considered to be a single person by the government? If so, in what situations does the government not view them as a single ...
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Parental rights and other legal implication of a marriage of convenience for a lesbian couple in MD

My friend is considering a marriage of convenience with another women, as both will gain a sizeable discount from their 'spouses' place of employment if married, in addition to sharing health ...
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Do my wife and I need to update our marriage certificate if she changed her name 3 years after we married?

My wife recently legally changed her name after becoming a U.S. citizen. We've been married for 3 years already. How can we update our old marriage certificate from a different state? I'm assuming ...
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Liability for spouse's actions in the US

This is hypothetical. Person A and Person B are married. Person A cannot control the actions of Person B, because that would be domineering. If Person B makes a mistake that results in financial ...
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How to determine the marital status of a UK Citizen?

How can I determine the marital status, and any previous marriages, of a UK citizen living in the UK?
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Why did Judge Bazile issue a ruling on the Loving case years after the case was closed and appeal deadlines had passed?

Everything in Hollywood's historical movies is true, right? OK, There are known counterexamples..... The recent film Loving is about the case in which Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter, who resided ...
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Have wives ever been legally a man's property in the US?

I'm studying A Level English literature at the moment and we are reading The Great Gatsby. I have a teacher who alluded that during the time the text was written, 1925, wives were considered to be a ...
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Would deinstitutionalising marriage violate the UDHR?

In debates over same sex marriage it is sometimes proposed that marriage be completely deinstitutionalised in favour of state recognised civil unions. This would not be a return to common law ...
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What liability might be incurred for exposing truth in private matters

Here's a hypothetical: Suppose person A is married, and person B is married. But Person A has an online intimate relationship on an online service with Person B. Both persons conceal the relationship ...
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Do I still have full custody of my child?

Before my girlfriend and I were married we had a child and then separated 1.5 years later due to reasons that are irrelevant to the question. We went to court and I was granted full custody of our ...
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What exactly does it mean that Polygamy is illegal in Canada?

As news about Mormons convicted for polygamy in Canada make headlines worldwide, I wonder what exactly this law should even mean nowadays? This question is related to this one about the US, which ...
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How does Australian law consider a marriage in which one person has subsequently transitioned?

In Australia: Same sex marriage is not currently legal. This extends even to same sex marriages from other countries, which "must not be recognised as a marriage in Australia". At both the federal ...
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Married to someone who's not american for 7 years without registration. Will I get charged of bigamy if I married somebody else later?

I am a u.s citizen. I got married(We had a wedding with witness) and lived with my ex-wife who's non-u.s citizen for 7 years without registering our marriage in any country. We've never lived in the U....
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Adopted “Sisters” trying to get married

My partner and I, now 22, were adopted together when we were 12. The adoption agency believed we were very "sisterly" towards each other and encouraged our adoptive parents to accept both of us into ...
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How did marriage certification deviate away from the older idea of common law marriage?

I'm seeking to better understand the history of how marriage licenses came about, and specifically, the transition from cohabitation and public announcement of the marriage to requiring a literal ...
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Can someone get married for the sole purpose of invoking spousal immunity?

Edit: the question wasn't worded as well as it could be. I should clarify that I'm aware sham marriages are illegal. For the purposes of this question, let's assume law enforcement doesn't realize or ...