Why getting a prenup before you say “I do” is important

No one ever wants to go into a marriage thinking they will get a divorce. But the process of creating a prenup can actually HELP your marriage. It forces you to talk about things, understand your financial portfolio, and sets expectations of behavior during the marriage as well as the results of the ending of that marriage. A prenuptial agreement, or “prenup,” is a contract between two people who are about to be married. The prenup spells out each person’s financial rights and obligations during the marriage and what will happen to their property and assets if the marriage ends in divorce. Prenups are not just for the wealthy. Anyone who owns property has significant debt or expects to receive an inheritance, or other financial windfalls should seriously consider signing a prenup. If you’re considering a prenup, here are some …

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What you need to know about getting a marriage license in Northern Virginia

You can’t get married without a marriage license! In the Commonwealth of Virginia, you must apply for a marriage license at least 24 hours before your wedding ceremony. Here’s what you need to know about getting a marriage license in Virginia.   To get a marriage license in Virginia, you and your soon-to-be spouse must go to the clerk’s office in any Virginia Circuit Court. Both of you must be at least 18 years old and have a valid photo ID. You will need to fill out an application and pay a fee of $30. * double check this fact* and pay a recording fee. You do not have to be a resident of Virginia to get a marriage license here, but if you are not a resident, you will need to get the license from the city or county …

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