Getting married essentially constitutes a contract, and like any other legal contract, it requires certain written and signed documentation. There's no shortage of legal documents (and legal ramifications) involved in tying the knot. Some forms will require witnesses or attorneys, others will not. And for some couples, getting married will be as easy as a trip to the county clerk's office and the utterance of an oath. But it's always important to follow the correct procedures to ensure that your marriage is valid. This section includes forms and resources related to marriage and marriage licenses, including sample prenuptial agreements and documents to bring to a meeting with an attorney.
Getting Married: Documents You May Need
Most legal processes, including the procurement of a marriage license and related tasks, require certain forms and documents. If you are applying for your marriage license, most states require a photo I.D.; birth certificate; and a divorce decree or death certificate, if applicable.
For other legal processes related to marriage, such as pre- or postnuptial agreements, your attorney will request a number of financial documents. These may include (but are not limited to) any of the following:
Meeting with an Attorney: The Intake Form
One of the first things your attorney will do when meeting with clients is conduct what is known as an "intake," which involves the collection of basic information pertaining to you and your case. Generally, most couples do not need to consult with attorneys prior to getting married. But those with sizeable fortunes, interest in a family business, or other substantial assets may want to consider a prenuptial agreement. Others may want to plan for an estate or trust.
The intake form will ask questions about current and past addresses, contact information, any names used in the past, past and present employers, income, children, and other personal data.
Click on a link below for sample forms and resources related to the marriage process.