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5 Legal Tips to Help You Prepare for Wedding Season

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By Christopher Coble, Esq. on January 18, 2017 | Last updated on January 07, 2020

If you're anything like us, the Save the Date cards are starting to pile up on the fridge, and you're trying to sort out your summer travel plans to attend all of the weddings you've been invited to. And if you're one of the happy couples sending out one of these notices, you're trying to sort out all of the last details for your special day.

But amongst all of the bridesmaids' dresses, groomsmen's ties, and flower and musical arrangements, don't forget there might be some legal details to sort out as well. Here are a few tips to make sure everything on your (legal) wedding checklist gets done.

1. 5 Things to Do Before You Get Married

We know, we know -- your to-do list is long enough. Here's the thing though: if you don't cross a few t's before the wedding, dotting your I do's may not matter later.

Wondering if you need a prenup? Where and when do you get a marriage license? Can just anyone be your officiant? If you've got a marriage or wedding question, we've got the answer.

3. Same-Sex Couples Have Fundamental Right to Marry

In all 50 states, no matter what the state court or county clerk tells you. Same-sex couples no longer need to shop around for a state in which to have a wedding, and their marriage must legally be recognized by all other states.

Planning a destination wedding across the border or overseas? Plan a little time for some legal research into that country's marriage requirements, and make sure you follow them.

You said, "I do," now comes the fun part. Marriage certificates need to be signed, names may need to be changed, and some insurance policies might need some updating. Here's a list of where to start.

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