Personal Relationships & the Law

THE LEGAL SIDE OF GETTING MARRIED: Lesson 2

Getting Married: The Rest of the Legal Requirements

  • Get the legal documents: marriage license (government permission to marry) AND marriage certificate (proof the marriage ceremony happened).
  • The person you marry must be single, a widow(er), or legally divorced – not just separated, even if for a really long time.
  • Both people must have the mental capacity to sign a contract.
    • People do not have the mental capacity – the decision making ability – to agree to get married if they have a mental illness, they have taken drugs or consumed alcohol, they have other issues that affect judgment, or they cannot and do not understand what it means to be married.
  • In Tennessee, the two people getting married cannot be closer blood relatives than first cousins to get married. You can marry your first cousin, but you can’t marry your brother or sister.
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