Legal Tips to Be Aware of When Entering Into a Marriage

Congratulations! It is 2019 and this is the year you are getting married. Among all of the wedding planning, you probably haven't had time to think about the legal side of getting married. While it is not the most glamorous side, it is worth taking a look into. For example, has your fiance brought up the notion of signing a prenuptial agreement (prenup)? It is best to know what all comes with a prenuptial agreement and the advantages and disadvantages of choosing to sign one. Our attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few legal tips to be aware of when entering into a marriage. If you find yourself need a prenuptial agreement drawn up, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch today for your free consultation at 573-346-7231.

Legal Tips to Be Aware of When Entering Into a Marriage


Do You Plan to Legally Change Your Name After You Get Married?
If you plan to change your legal name after marriage, here is what you need to do. According to the Missouri Department of Revenue:

To change the name that appears on your Missouri driver license, take acceptable documentation of your legal name change to a Missouri driver license office after you get married, divorced, etc. You may then apply and pay for a duplicate driver license with your new name. You will be asked to retake your photo and sign the document. If your Missouri driver license is within 6 months (184 days) of expiring, you may be eligible to renew your driver license early (instead of just receiving a duplicate of the old license).

Acceptable Documents for Proof of Name Change

  • Certified Marriage Certificate;
  • Updated social security card bearing your new name (or updated Missouri Driver License if applying for a new title); or
  • A Certified Court Order.

Do You Plan to Get a Prenuptial Agreement?
Prenuptial agreements are not for everyone, but some couples prefer to have them, just in case. A prenuptial agreement states how you will divide marital property if your marriage ends in divorce or death. If you are on your second marriage and you feel you were taken advantage of financially after your first marriage, a prenuptial agreement may offer you some peace of mind. While no one plans on getting divorced, the reality is that it does happen and if having a prenuptial agreement is what you and your fiance need to feel at ease, contact a Missouri lawyer to have one drawn up for you.

Do You Know the Legal Requirements for Your Marriage Ceremony?
According to Missouri Marriage Laws, requirements include:

  • Applicants for a marriage license must be at least 18 years old.
  • Applicants who are younger than 18 must have consent from a custodial parent or guardian.
  • Applicants wishing to apply who are younger than 15 must obtain a circuit court order.
  • Applicants cannot be married already and may not be related by blood, through and including first cousins.
  • The license must be picked up prior to the marriage ceremony. The person performing the ceremony must have the license prior to the ceremony.
  • The person performing the marriage ceremony shall return the license to the issuing Recorder of Deeds within 15 days.
  • If a marriage ceremony does not occur, the license shall be void after thirty days from the date of issuance.


Feel Legally at Ease When Entering Into a Marriage...


And call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch at 573-346-7231 for a free consultation. We can walk you through how to add a new spouse to your will or the ins and outs of getting a prenuptial agreement if you so choose. Our family law attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks have the experience and know how to make sure you are legally prepared when entering into a marriage. We are available for questions. Our firm has an open door policy, and there is no need for a formal appointment for clients to stop by to discuss their legal needs. Aware of the importance of good communication, we listen carefully to the needs of our clients, keep them informed, and return phone calls promptly. Contact us to set up a consultation.


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