Marriage is a commitment where two people express their love for one another. The legal institution of marriage protects individuals legally, finally, emotionally and socially.
For those who choose to marry, rather than just live together, are given benefits. These benefits include medical insurance, tax benefits, social security benefits, inheritance without a will, the right to file a wrongful death claim and exemption from estate transfer taxes. They are also given the responsibility of paying each other’s debts.
Marriage protects you with benefits that living together does not. If you are planning your wedding and have questions regarding your marital benefits, contact an experienced Orange County Family Law attorney who will discuss these with you and help you make decisions that will benefit you.