Marriage Reno NV
Marriage is a legal contract entered into between a man and woman who intend to become husband and wife. Marriage creates a legal relationship between husband and wife with rights and obligations governed by state law. Many legal protections and benefits result from a marriage, including tax, estate planning, government assistance, employment, medical, death, family, housing, consumer, immigration, and litigation or lawsuit related benefits.
Requirements for marriage vary from state to state, but usually require a man and woman to pay a minimal fee and apply for a marriage license from a county court clerk in the state in which they plan to be married. Some states require parties to obtain a marriage license in the county where they will be married. A marriage license is a document that provides authorization to the parties to enter into marriage. Prior to issuing a marriage license, some states require blood tests for venereal diseases, excluding acquired immune deficiency syndrome. This requirement may be waived for various reasons, such as previous cohabitation. Some states will not issue a marriage license if a person receives a positive blood test for a venereal disease, while others simply want the parties to be aware of the disease prior to entering into the marriage contract. Physical examination, vaccination or immunity for other diseases may also be required in some states. Most states require that the parties wait to conduct their marriage ceremony for a period of time after the license is issued, unless this waiting period is waived under certain circumstances. A marriage license is usually valid for thirty days to one year, depending on state law.
Before a person may enter into marriage, his or her prior marriages, if any, must have either been deemed invalid or have ended by death, divorce or annulment. Parties to a marriage contract must also have the mental capacity to enter into the contract. If a party cannot understand the concept and consequences of marriage due to drunkenness, mental illness, or some other disability, the marriage will not be considered valid. Generally, close family members cannot marry each other, with some exceptions in some states. State statutes establish the age at which a person may marry, but typically persons must have reached the age of consent or must obtain parental or judicial approval if underage.
Marriage ceremonies can either be religious or non-religious/civil. Religious ceremonies are performed by a clergy member, while civil ceremonies can be performed by a person who has legal authority to perform marriage ceremonies, such as a judge, magistrate, justice of the peace, county court clerk, mayor or mayor’s deputy. Parties may design their own wedding vows, but must acknowledge their intent to marry. Once a party has undergone a marriage ceremony, the person who officiates the wedding subsequently signs and files a marriage certificate with the clerk, recorder or re...
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NV Legal Definitions of Marriage
"Only a marriage between a male and a female person shall be recognized and given effect in this state"; Nevada, Question No. 2