Check this List Before You Go to the Chapel

Runaway BrideThere is more to getting married than just showing up at the church.  If you live in California and are thinking about getting married, be sure to check the requirements.  Marriage laws vary by state, so don’t wait until the last minute to make sure you are ready.

California does not have many requirements in order to get married, so this will be a short checklist:
  • Get a marriage license. California requires each couple to make an application and obtain a marriage license. Once issued, the license is good for 90 days.
  • Make sure your marriage license will not expire before the wedding day.  If the license expires before you get married, then you must get another one.
  • Check your fiancé’s date of birth.  He or she must be of legal age of consent, which in California is eighteen, unless parents sign documents consenting to the marriage.  (Which is another matter entirely.)
  • Find an authorized person to conduct the marriage ceremony, along with a witness.  The authorized person to conduct the ceremony may be a judge, county clerk, priest, minister or rabbi of any religious denomination who is at least 18 years old. Active and retired judges can also perform the ceremony, as well as anyone who completes the Deputy for a Day program.
In addition to completing the list above, if you are planning to get married, you should seriously consider premarital counseling with a qualified family law attorney.  You may not be planning on getting divorced, but it makes sense to know what you should expect in the event of a future divorce.  A qualified family law attorney can explain your options and recommend the best course of action for protecting your assets, including drafting a comprehensive prenuptial agreement if needed. At the Law Offices of Judy L. Burger, we will aggressively pursue the best outcome possible for you in your divorce or custody proceedings.  Judy L. Burger is known for her tenacious representation of clients in high conflict cases in and around the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento areas.  If you are a parent facing a divorce or custody dispute, call us today to learn more about how we can help.  Call (415)293-8314 in the San Francisco Bay area or (916)631-1935 in the Sacramento area, or contact us online via our confidential inquiry form.