Sunday, May 08, 2005

Getting Hitched- Shot Gun and Other Formal Marriages

The issue of what are the requirements to obtain a marriage are rarely, if ever a matter for a lawyer to address. But for the sake of completeness, I will include this first chapter in the road to marital relations law in Texas.

The topic is covered in some detail in the Texas Family Code under section 2.

The marriage application requires an applicant to declare whether or not he or she is delinquent on ordered child support. The clerk may not however refuse to grant a liscense on this ground (2.009(d)).

In case you were wondering, same sex marriages are not permitted in Texas. Will this change in the near future- dream on. However, this does not mean that the topic of same sex civil unions is a moot issue in Texas. People do what they are wont to do and a bunch of legislators in Austin aren't about to stop that. I will deal with same sex unions in a later posting.

NEXT: "Goin' to the Chapel.."