Questions tagged [marriage]

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

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I understand the US portion for applying for a K1 Visa - what about requirements from Russia?

Suppose an American citizen is engaged to a Russian citizen. The couple would like to be able to live in America together. They do not particularly need to live together in Russia, although the ...
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Is spousal immunity affected if one spouse dies?

Disclaimer: I'm a writer trying to figure something out for a story I'm working on, so forgive me if I sound totally insane. Okay. Spousal privilege/immunity. Protects someone from having to testify ...
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Do you have to be engaged to be married to enter into prenup?

To enter into prenuptial agreement, do you have to be engaged to be married? If jurisdiction matters, USA.
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Are there things that postnuptial agreement cannot have that prenuptial can?

My understanding is that the general purpose of both post- and pre- nuptial agreements is the same, and the main difference is that the timing of when they are signed. But are there legal differences ...
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Does being engaged (to be married) carry any legal significance?

Being married carries specific legal consequences, e.g. spouses typically are treated differently under tax law, divorce property law, inheritance law, have rights regarding medical visitation and ...
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Does marriage ordinance contradict with basic law?

I am new to this stackexchange and the field of law, so please kindly point out what I am wrong, and what should be corrected! :) Here are some background information I should list out, which I have ...
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If a person under the age of 18 is married in a state other than California, are they considered emancipated if they live in California?

The California courts website states: There are 3 ways to get emancipated: Get married ... Most sites seem to cater to the most obviously applicable situation, where a minor is ...
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Can the police arrest me for marrying an underage (17 year old) girl?

I live in Mumbai, India, and am married to a 17 year old girl from Mumbai. Recently, we had to file a police case against a man who was misbehaving with my wife. After knowing my wife's age, the ...
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Arizona Common Law Marriage and Kids

In Arizona, Common Law Marriage is not recognized. I heard if a couple has a common law marriage and has kids, if the man dies without a will, the kids/wife don't end up inheriting his possessions. ...
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Legal documents confirming previous/maiden name (uk)

My wife is enrolling at university, however her previous qualifications were earned whilst she had her maiden name. They say they want to see a marriage certificate to confirm the name change, but we'...
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UK name change when married in Portugal

I recently got married in Portugal. My wife and I decided that we would both take each others surnames, combining the 2 so we now have 2 surnames. The registrar over there needed a letter from the UK ...
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Was (is?) pre-marital sex illegal anywhere in the United States?

I read this summary of laws banning adultery in the United States. Now, the wording of some of these laws made me wonder if any of them are remnants from a time when pre-marital sex (not just ...
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What could be the consequences of a “Joke wedding” in a foreign country?

Context : Two of my friends, both French citizens, have a PACS. PACS is a form of civil union that can be "upgraded" to a marriage, but not "downgraded" from one. They are planning a three weeks ...
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Does the Icelandic government recognise ULC-officiated marriages?

Is a marriage officiated by an ordained Universal Life Church minister (and performed in the country) legally recognised in Iceland? The Wikipedia page on the ULC only lists US states and this site ...
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When a pastor gets a marriage license from the state are they required to marry homosexuals?

I've heard a lot of controversy over whether or not pastors who deny same sex couples should be fined, jailed, etc. If the pastor is licensed by the state don't they then have to be religiously ...
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In Ontario, does it matter which municipality issues the marriage license?

The Ontario government web page tells you how to go to City Hall or a Municipal Office and get a marriage license. However, it doesn't say you can go to whatever municipality you feel like, nor does ...
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What are my options for becoming ordained in the United States? [closed]

How can I go about doing this? Google searches yield hundreds of ads for becoming ordained through different websites, but I am hesitant to trust any of them. I understand that different states have ...
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At what stage in an English registry office ceremony do two people become legally married?

Is it after they've both said the vows and the registrar has pronounced them man and wife, or after the legal registry has been signed? Or some other time?
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How did the Supreme Court rule, in the past, that States can take sex into account within the process of legal marriage?

Religion and politics, as we know, shouldn't intermix. The purpose for having a legal marriage through the government is simple: When people decide to be romantically involved in a permanent way, they ...
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Did Alabama legalize gay marriage, or outlaw it?

On 4 March 2016, the Supreme Court of Alabama dismissed a petition by conservative activist group Alabama Policy Institute and a probate judge to halt gay marriages in the state. This was reported by ...
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What are the laws regulating practical polygamy in US?

I can understand that polygamy is illegal. However, some people think that it's simply illegal in a sense that government doesn't recognize it. It's like Sarah can marry anyone she wish but she can't ...
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Can whatsapp messages be an evidence?

Please first read this question She sent me messages over whatsapp, Is those messages are valid in Indian and Canadian courts?
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What options does a wife have for cashing a check made out to both husband and wife?

The specific situation in mind is a check from an insurance company in payment for an insurance claim for damages to a home jointly owned by H and W. The check is made out to both. It was sent to ...
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Why does the government incentivise marriage?

With the recent U.S. Supreme Court cases allowing gay marriage, and the government never stopping people from getting married who couldn't have children, the last vestiges of the "marriage is for ...
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Special leniency conditions for a U.S. female spouse residing abroad with children or pregnant to bring her foreign male spouse into the U.S.?

Are there any leniency conditions for a U.S. female spouse(U.S. citizen) under the following condition to bring her foreign male spouse into the U.S.? Conditions Currently residing in the foreign ...
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I get married in Canada but live in the US. What happens?

I'm U.S. citizen (my only citizenship). I'm a temporary resident of BC while I'm here for school. I'm just wondering, what happens if I get married in BC or Canada to a fellow U.S. citizen, or really ...
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Can temporary visitors be married in the US?

Suppose there are two individuals from country A. Both have single nationalities (A) and neither of them is a PR or citizen of USA. Suppose that they are on student/visitor visas. Assuming that the ...
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Is there a way to resolve a tort discovered after a divorce is finalized?

Say divorce procedings have been finalized and there is shared custody of the child. If it is found that one of the partners has been unfaithful, can the other then sue for full custody of the child ...
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Where is the best place for a man to pursue a divorce?

As far as divorce law goes, in what country and/or state is the best place for a man to get a divorce? (I.e., where will he receive the most favorable terms?)
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How is polygamy handled across borders?

Polygamy is legal in some countries and illegal in some others. What is the legal status of a polygamic family in a monogamic country? If this is not regulated by international law let's narrow this ...
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How to report a sham marriage in Sweden

It makes sense to reject a sham marriage (marriage of convenience) arranged solely for the purpose of admitting foreigners to EU on false claims of "anknytningsperson" (loosely speaking "connected ...
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Can I keep my last name if I get married?

Can I keep my last name the same if I get married? I don't want to hyphenate it either. Is this possible? Is it a MUST that I change or hyphenate it? I am in New York City, New York.
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Is there legal precedent for judges require marriage as a condition for probation?

So apparently in East Texas a judge has ordered that a man marries his girlfriend because he assaulted her ex-boyfriend. The conditions for probation were: Marrying his girlfiend within 30 days ...
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Obergefell and its implications on other family rights

Now that same sex marriage is legal in all 50 states, I was wondering what the impact of this decision would be on laws that limit the abilities of same-sex couples to adopt children and other ...
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Does a divorced/widow(er)ed person under the age of 20 in Thailand retain sui juris?

In Thailand, a minor (one who has not received sui juris) is a person under the age of 20. An exception is made if the person is married - which can happen when both parties are over the age of 17. ...

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