My fiancÚ and I are planning to get married. What are the real legal obligations a marriage encompasses according to family law?

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My fiancé and I are planning to get married. What are the real legal obligations a marriage encompasses according to family law?

My fiancÚ and I are planning to get married. What are the real legal obligations a marriage encompasses according to family law?

Generally, whether a common law marriage exists or a traditional, ceremonial marriage has been performed, there are several obligations that arise out of marriage.

Those rights, under most state family laws provide:

* Each spouse to provide mutual respect and fidelity to each other;
* Spousal support, whether in the form of food, shelter, clothing and meeting basic needs
* Commonality of marital property, i.e. property acquired during the marriage belongs fairly and equally to both parties
* Joint responsibility for debts incurred during the marriage
* The enjoyment of a confidential relationship, meaning that each spouse is assured that there is good faith within the marriage relationship as to fairness and equality.

   

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