There are few occasions as joyous as a wedding. While it’s fun to think about things like picking out dresses or deciding on a honeymoon destination, there are some less exciting but very important legal issues that you need to have in order before the big day. The lawyers at The Law Store TM are here to help you with the formalities, so you can go back to planning and enjoying your big day.
What You Need to Do When You Say “I Do”
The experienced family law attorneys at The Law Store are available to assist you with some of the most pressing legal matters relating to your marriage, including:
- Marriage License Requirements – Anyone wishing to get married must obtain a marriage license before the actual wedding ceremony. This involves going to the Recorder of Deeds with identification and paying a fee. If either party has been previously married, you must wait 30 days after the divorce is final and show proof of the divorce. If you have any questions about the requirements for obtaining a marriage license in Missouri, our attorneys are here to answer your questions.
- Prenuptial Agreements – While everyone likes to think that their marriage will last forever, prenuptial agreements are commonplace in today’s world and will provide you with peace of mind down the road in the event that things don’t work out like you hope. A prenuptial agreement is simply a contract that provides a practical means for dealing with financial matters in the event of divorce and protecting assets that each party is bringing into the marriage. Having an agreement in place now which provides for the rights and responsibilities of the parties should the marriage not work out can save a lot of heartache and agony down the road.
- Postnuptial Agreements – A postnuptial agreement serves the same purpose as a prenuptial agreement. The only difference is that the parties enter into the contract after they are married rather than before. Even if your big day has already passed, it’s not too late to put a plan in place to govern your financial matters if things don’t go as planned.
- Name Change Documentation – While it’s not a requirement, many people decide to change their names after getting married. Whether you’re taking your spouse’s name or opting for a hyphenated last name, there are a number of official agencies you will need to tell. Among other things, you will need to change your name on your Social Security card and your driver’s license. The Law Store can help you get your documentation in order to properly change your name with all the necessary agencies.
- Wills – Everyone should have a will. And if you’re about to get married, you will now have a new heir, and this will affect what your other beneficiaries (including children from previous marriages) receive in the event of your death. In order to properly provide for your new spouse in the event of your death, it’s important to update your will, or create a will if you didn’t previously have one. The Law Store can provide a variety of estate planning services to plan for your future as you start your new life.
Leave the Formalities to Us and Enjoy Your Big Day
The lawyers at The Law Store will work with you to make sure everything is in order before you take the plunge. With our comprehensive family law services, you can prepare for your big day and provide for your new future without draining your honeymoon fund. Our Free First AdviceTM program allows you to consult with one of our family law attorneys free of charge to discuss any questions you may have regarding pre-wedding legal planning. Book an appointment today by dropping by The Law Store, calling us, or scheduling a service online.