Marriage Requirements

 
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What you need to know about getting married

Can anyone get married to anyone?

You must meet certain requirements in order to marry. These vary slightly from state to state, but often include:

What you need to know about getting married. Can anyone get married to anyone?

being at least the age of consent (usually 18, though sometimes you may marry younger with your parents' consent) not being too-closely related to your intended spouse having the mental capacity--that is, you must understand what you are doing and what consequences your actions may have you must meet certain requirements in order to marry. These vary slightly from state to state, but often include:

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being sober at the time of the marriage, not being married to anyone else,
getting a blood test, and obtaining a marriage license.

Incest and Marital Prohibitions
All states prohibit a person from marrying his or her sibling, half-sibling, parent, grandparent, great-grandparent, child, grandchild, great-grandchild, aunt, uncle, niece and nephew. Some states have additional prohibitions.

What states recognize same-sex marriages?

Lesbian and gay couples can now legally marry in some states. These states include Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Maryland, Washington DC, Iowa and Washington State.

For more information about same-sex marriage, you can contact the Forum on the Right to Marriage (FORM), (617) 868-3676. You may also want to contact the Marriage Project of the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, (212) 809-8585.

What is a common law marriage?

In sixteen states, heterosexual couples can become legally married if they:

live together for a long period of time
hold themselves out to others as husband and wife, and
intend to be married.

These marriages are called common law marriages. Contrary to popular belief, even if two people cohabit for a certain number of years, if they don't intend to be married and hold themselves out as married, there is no common law marriage.

When a common law marriage exists, the spouses receive the same legal treatment given to other married couples, including the requirement that they go through a formal divorce to end the marriage.

See the section on Living Together for a list of which states allow common law marriages.

 

Links & Resources for Marriage Requirements

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Legal FAQS
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Marriage Requirements, What you need to know

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Prenuptial Agreements
State by State Marriage License Requirements
What you need to do to change or keep  your name after marriage.

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