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What are the legal requirements for marriage?

When it comes to family law, there are various areas that may require a person to obtain the services of a lawyer. Although some people dealing with certain family law issues may not necessarily need a lawyer, they have the right to consult with one. It could be for something as difficult as two parents battling for custody over their children or as simple as marriage.

When dealing with the process of marriage, there is a lot to be done prior to the big day. With there being so much to take care of, a couple may speak with a lawyer during the process to ensure they fully understand what is required. While it varies from state to state, you may be asked to meet the following requirements prior to marriage:

  • Be at least 18 years old or have consent from a judge or parent .
  • Be tested for rubella, tuberculosis, sickle-cell anemia and venereal disease.
  • Prove mental capacity, or that you and your partner have an understanding of what marriage means.
  • You and your partner are not blood relatives. If you are, you can be no closer than third cousins. Some states overlook this if both parties are elderly and can no longer reproduce.

Should you and your spouse both meet the state requirements for marriage, your marriage license may be granted and you may then be married. After you are married, you are issued your wedding certificate, which is proof that you and your spouse are married.

If you and your partner are planning to get married and have concerns about the process, a Texas family law attorney may be able to answer any questions you have.

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