When it comes to the legalities of a marriage, we always tend to hear about the shortcomings of it and how problematic it all becomes once things become complicated. All the concern is focused on what happens once the relationship ends without actually embracing the beauty of marriage.
Traditionally speaking, marriage has always been a bond of love between two people with the intention of making it known to pretty much the rest of the world. Today, we’ve become quite the cynical tribe focusing on many of the wrong things when it comes to the legal system, like how divorce proceedings are an absolute pain and can drain your finances drastically while dragging over many years before settlement.
So, we thought we’d freshen things up and take on a totally different view of the legal implications a marriage brings forward - we’re talking about all the good and happy stuff!
When you’re married, there is an immediate recognition of certain legal rights. For example, what was once just “yours” becomes “ours” for things that the both of you invest in for your future together. Or how everyone in the world now recognises your partnership as something legally binding through the simple production of your marriage certificate.
In situations where you deal with authorities, you no longer have to provide countless documentation proving your relationship to one another. There’s no need to provide personal information about your intimacy, about your living arrangements, your financial commitments to one another, which are all things you would have to prove if it weren’t for your marriage certificate. On the plus side, all the private matters remain private in a marriage - as it should be.
Also, being married gives you certain automatic rights to access care and treatment from your significant other. For example, in a de facto relationship, a partner must prove that the relationship exists in situations where the other is medically ill and requires care. In a marriage, you can make important medical decisions in the event your loved one is unable to.
If you’re not married, not only does the need to prove your relationship exists to people (who you shouldn’t have to justify anything to) become frustrating, there have been many instances where the evidence provided was not enough resulting in a de facto partner not being able to be with or care for their loved one.
One of the most important aspects of being married includes the rights in the event of a death. This may be a gloomy side to look at but the reality of it allows you to stay in control of a sacred relationship that you cherish even if at its end.
Unmarried couples find themselves in a legal minefield when their partner passes away especially in situations where there is no will. By simply being married, you are entitled with more rights over all arrangements of your partner’s death such as property, finances, assets, among many other things.
All in all, being married doesn’t just come with a title, it comes with a lot of legal benefits that can help strengthen your bond and enhance your sense of security while giving both of you the most out of your relationship.