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Marriage in Phoenix

With the wedded bliss of marriage comes a myriad of new rights, benefits and responsibilities. Beyond the romance, marriage is technically a legally-binding contract between two individuals who agree to take care of one another financially, and more. There are a variety of laws that apply to the act of getting married – from applying for a marriage license to the age of consent – as well as those covering being married, such as defining community property and tax requirements.

In order to ensure that your marriage “contract” gets off on the right foot, or if you wish to discuss a prenuptial contract, a Phoenix Family Law attorney can help you navigate all of the new rights and responsibilities that come with your new life together.

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Ariz. Gay Marriage Ban Challenged in Federal Court

A group of same-sex couples in Arizona are challenging the state's gay marriage ban. The group is arguing that the ban violates the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

The suit was filed in Phoenix by seven same-sex couples as well as two people whose same-sex partners had died, Reuters reports.

It is the latest in a series of legal actions across the nation challenging such state bans.

Arizona's SB 1062 Vetoed, What Does it Mean For Phoenix Marriages?

Now that Governor Jan Brewer vetoed SB 1062, the marriage industry in Phoenix will have to serve same-sex couples that want to celebrate their domestic partnerships, even if it's against their religious beliefs.

SB 1062 sought to allow businesses to deny services to gay and lesbian couples based on their religious beliefs. Governor Brewer thought that bill was broadly worded and if passed, could have negative consequences for the state, according to CNN.

With the bill off the table, what are Phoenix's public accommodation laws and how will businesses be impacted?

Gay Marriage in Arizona: Lawsuit Challenges Ban

Four same-sex couples filed a lawsuit against Arizona's gay marriage ban in federal court this January.

The lawsuit argues that Arizona's gay marriage ban violates the couples' constitutional rights to equal protection and due process. The same-sex couples who initiated the lawsuit allege that Arizona wrongfully denied their spousal privileges, like pension benefits and survivorship rights, according to the Associated Press.

How does Arizona's gay marriage lawsuit compare to the ones in other states?

How to Change Your Last Name After Marriage

You said "I do," the marriage is legal, and now you want to change your last name. But how do you go about making your last name match your spouse's after the wedding?

For most people, changing your name is a long legal process that requires a hefty fee, some annoying paperwork, and a day wasted in a courtroom. But if you've recently gotten married and want you and your spouse to have matching last names, the process is easier.

It's not quite automatic; you still have to contact a lot of people. But legally your name can be changed much more simply after marriage.

Thinking about getting hitched? A lot goes into planning a wedding. Finding a venue, hiring a caterer, creating a guest list, and sending out invitations can all be pretty overwhelming.

The most important part, however, is the marriage license. That’s what makes the union official in the eyes of the law. Below, we’ve included everything you need to know to obtain a marriage license in Maricopa County.

Woman Accidentally 'Friends' Husband's Other Wife

A Washington man recently landed in some hot water with his wife, when she discovered his other wife through the "People You May Know" feature on Facebook.

As it turns out, Alan O'Neill had never divorced his first wife. He moved out in 2009, legally changed his name and then remarried.

Phoenix Dating, Marriage and Divorce on Valentine's Day

Ah, Valentine’s Day. The one day of the year when your romantic status is placed under a microscope. Whether you are looking for love, found it, or lost it, Phoenix is a great place for all three.

Best Wedding Day of All? Get Married on Arizona Centennial, V-Day

Valentine’s Day is (reportedly) the most romantic day of the year. It’s also one of the most patriotic days in Arizona history since it commemorates Arizona’s 100th anniversary of statehood. What better day for an Arizona couple to get married?

In honor of such a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, the Arizona state courts will be hosting a free ceremony on Feb. 14, reports The Arizona Republic.

“Nobody else will be able to do this for another hundred years,” said Aaron Nash, spokesman for the Clerk of the Maricopa County Superior Court. “It'll be a chance to be a part of Arizona's history.”

I Don't: All-Time Low U.S. Marriage Rate, Couples Marrying Later

Along with war, marriage seems to be another thing Americans think is good for absolutely nothing.

According to a study by the Pew Research Center, the U.S. marriage rate is at an all-time low of 51 percent, reports NPR. And if couples do decide to get married, it’s now at a later time in life than before.

If the decreasing trend in the current number of married adults continues, in a few years less than half of American adults will be married and at older ages.

So why are couples shirking the sacred ceremony of marriage?

Rapper DMX Hopes to Save Failed Marriage with 'Relationship Rehab'

When it comes to the law and marriage, rapper DMX is no saint, but you can’t blame the man for trying. In addition to working on his legal issues, the rapper announced that he and his estranged wife will be appearing on VH1’s reality show “Relationship Rehab” to work on their marital issues, reports

DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, separated from his wife Tashera in July 2010 after 11 years of marriage and just two weeks after he was released from a Phoenix jail. DMX was serving his six-month jail sentence for violating the terms of his drug probation. The two have four children together.