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common law marriage FAQs

Common Law Marriage and Divorce FAQs

When it comes to common law marriage and divorce, there might be different circumstances that could be associated with individual cases. The following are the most commonly asked questions regarding common law marriage and getting a divorce after a common law marriage. The answers are addressing the questions below are in general form and if there are unique circumstances in your case, these might not apply to you. What is a common law marriage? A common law marriage is also referred to as an informal marriage. It is as legal as a ceremonial marriage. A couple may be considered legally married when they agree to be married, lived together as husband and wife and treated each other in public as husband and wife. You can also think of ceremonial marriage as a marriage with a license, while a common law marriage is a legal union without a license. A union can only be considered common law marriage if the couple met all the factual and legal requirements. Can a couple living together be considered married in a common law marriage? No, just because a couple lives together does not automatically makes them a common law married couple. There are requirements […]

The Basics Of Surrogacy Agreements

The Basics Of Surrogacy Agreements

  When will you need a surrogacy agreement?   If you and your spouse are considering surrogacy, there are a lot of legalities you will have to prepare for. It is best to arm yourself with enough information to prepare yourself for your plans.   Surrogacy involves a surrogate – a woman who carries a child for a couple who are not able to bear the child themselves. Same-sex marriages have become common nowadays and have been steadily on the rise since its legalization across the United States. This means that there is also a surge in demand for surrogacy, which is in addition to the existing demands from traditional marriages.   Many people believe that children make a marriage complete. There are also people who get married because they want to have children and start their own family. There are many situations which can hinder the child-filled dreams of many couples. A lot of them turn to adoption, but those who long for a child that is biologically their own would rather turn to surrogates. Even when a couple can’t conceive due to various reasons, their dreams of having their own family can still be fulfilled through surrogacy.   […]

Gay Marriage

First Gay Marriage License Issued in Travis County

Two days ago, Travis County Probate Judge Guy Herman ruled the state’s ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional as part of an estate dispute. Because the state does not recognize same-sex marriages, the marriage of Stella Powell and Sonemaly Phrasavath was not recognized and her estate passed to her siblings instead of her wife of 8 years.   Today, the first same-sex marriage license was issued this morning to 31-year couple, Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant who were then married in a ceremony outside of the Clerk’s office.   Judge David Wahlberg of the 167th District court issued an order to County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir ordering her to, “cease and desist relying on the unconstitutional Texas prohibitions against same-sex marriage as a basis for not issuing a marriage license specifically to Plaintiffs Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant.” The ruling was made based on medical issues, as Sarah Goodfriend suffers from ovarian cancer.   Because the County Clerk is complying with the specific court order, same-sex marriage licenses are not being generally issued in Travis County.   Going forward, it will be interesting to see how the legality of same-sex marriage unfolds here in Texas.   Source: http://www.statesman.com/news/news/breaking-news/travis-county-clerk-issues-first-same-sex-marriage/nkD63/