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LAW LOVER’S LOUNGE: “A marriage license is just a piece of paper! Or, is it?”

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Our LAW LOVER'S LOUNGE™ series addresses a general overview of some of the most important issues to the general public! Attorney Courtney E. Anderson has owned a general practice law firm since 1998 in Texas, USA. We call this series its title because we do love law! Seriously.

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This episode is, “A marriage license is just a piece of paper! Or, is it?”

Ah, love! Heart racing, blood pumping, skin tingling, love! The heart wants what the heart wants. Marriage can be the unification of two souls, two minds, two hearts into one lifelong partnership, friendship, and romantic union. It also can be a stressful experience fraught with financial, emotional, and even physical pain.

The power of a legal marriage (i.e., that the government recognizes) is immense. Your debt, your assets, your property, and so many other aspects of your life are impacted by a legal marriage that you want to be fully aware and informed before entering into a marriage. In this episode we address age of consent, degree of relation (are you able to marry your first cousin?), and the limits on how many simultaneous marriages may occur. These issues may render a marriage license void. NOTE: In Texas (USA) it used to be legal to marry your first cousin (when I started practicing law in 1998). The law changed in 2005 and now it is illegal in Texas (but legal in several other states including California, Florida and Hawaii).

Let’s talk about marriage!