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The Evolution of Marriage

Do you often wonder why people continue to get married? 

I’m not talking about the actual wedding ceremony, the wearing of a wedding dress, the exchange of rings, nor the fantabulous celebration you might have after the wedding.  

I’m talking about the marriage license that you obtain from your local courthouse.  

I mean, is there really a need for it? What is the purpose of this “license to get married”? Does it serve a purpose?

Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong here, but is it not the adherence to the vows which is the important part of the marriage? Are not the vows, and your commitment to the same, the most critical indicator of the future success or failure of your relationship with your spouse? Is it not the vows with your spouse, as opposed to the marriage license, which serves as the reciprocal promises for how you and your spouse will treat each other and remain faithful to one another?  Is it not the vows, as opposed to the State-issued marriage license, which ultimately acts as the foundation of your family unit? Is it not the vows, as opposed to a State-issued marriage license, which acts as the moral underpinnings of how you teach your children to treat other people?

You might also be wondering: what is the purpose of a marriage license?  Well, unless circumvented by a Premarital Agreement (a “Prenup”), a marriage license serves only two (2) substantive purposes: 

1)  It entitles your spouse to fifty percent (50%) of your assets or vice versa; and, 

2) It possibly entitles you to receive Alimony or to pay Alimony.  

Nothing more and nothing less.  

In short, a marriage license does nothing to strengthen your vows. Further, a marriage license does not make your marriage more “real”.   

Whether you are already married or preparing to enter into a marriage, we can provide you with the information you need to deal with (or without) a marriage license. 

Call us to schedule a consultation. 704-286-0600

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