Benefits of Marriage
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What Are Some Benefits of Marriage?
There are many different benefits of marriage. A number of legal benefits become available when a couple gets married, compared to their options while they were still single. Every state has different laws when it comes to marriage, and marriage requirements vary by jurisdiction. However, most states confer various benefits on married couples in the areas of:
- Taxes: A married couple can file joint income tax returns at both state and federal levels. Business income can also be divided under federal “family partnership” tax laws
- Consumer Benefits: These may include eligibility for family rates regarding health, automobile, and other types of insurance; eligibility for school and tuition discounts; and other buyer’s benefits
- Estate Planning: Inheritance laws are favorable for married partners, allowing them to inherit most or all of their deceased spouse’s belongings. They may also receive tax exemptions on inheritance transfers
- Eligibility for Government Benefits: These may include benefits related to Medicare, disability, Social Security, military and veteran’s benefits for spouses, educational, and public assistance benefits
- Employment: Employment benefits may include family leave, company insurance/medical benefits for spouses, and shared retirement benefits
- Health, Medical, and Dental: Various treatment benefits and packages are available for spouses. Also, married couples always have hospital visitation rights when their spouse is admitted into a hospital facility.
- Family Law: Married persons often have priority over single individuals when it comes to matters like filing for adoption, foster care, or divisions of property
- Housing: Spouses can often sign leases on behalf of their partner; also, married couples can often live in places designated as “families only”
There are many, many other types of benefits that are extended to married persons, individually, and as a couple. These of course will vary by state law, and also according to the private entities that offer such benefits.
Can Non-Married Couples Receive Benefits Reserved for Married Persons?
This will depend on several factors, such as the nature of the benefits sought, as well as the state laws on marriage. Generally speaking, non-married couples are not allowed to claim the same benefits of married couples.
However, there are a number of different alternatives to traditional marriage wherein the couple can receive nearly the same benefits and protections as married couples. An example of this is a civil union, which may or may not be available in all jurisdictions. Couples who have filed for a civil union typically have various rights and may be eligible for certain benefits only extended to married persons. Also, private organizations can often be more flexible when it comes to extending benefits when compared with state or government entities. Finally, some states also recognize same-sex marriage.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Advice on the Benefits of Marriage?
Legal benefits of marriage will depend on many factors, including the laws of each individual state. If you have any questions or need advice on the marriage laws in your area, you may wish to speak with a family lawyer immediately. An experienced family law attorney can explain how the marriage benefits are applied in your state. In addition, your lawyer can provide you with representation in court if necessary.
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Last Modified: 01-17-2014 02:34 PM PST
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