The Law Offices of Joel M. Mazel

(614) 975-5077

Law Offices of Joel M. Mazel

Columbus Family Law Attorney

60 West Columbus Street

Pickerington, Ohio 43147

 

Phone: (614) 975-5077

 

An innovative, accessible attorney who will protect your interests

FAMILY LAW FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Q: What is the legal definition of marriage?

 

A: Most states define marriage as a civil contract between a man and a woman to become husband and wife. The traditional way to marry is to get a marriage license from a state-authorized official, then participate in a formal civil or religious wedding ceremony.

 

Q: What are the legal effects of marriage?

 

A: There are several Federal and state laws that benefit married couples. Some examples include the right to:

 

File joint income tax returns with the IRS and state taxing authorities

 

Create a "family partnership" under federal tax laws, which allows you to divide business income among family members (this will often lower the total tax on the income)

 

Create a marital life estate trust

 

Receive spouse's and dependents' Social Security, disability, unemployment, veterans', pension and public assistance benefits

 

Receive a share of your deceased spouse's estate under intestate succession laws

 

Claim an estate tax marital deduction

 

Sue a third person for wrongful death of your spouse and loss of consortium

 

Sue a third person for offenses that interfere with the success of your marriage, such as alienation of affection and criminal conversation (these lawsuits are available in only a few states)

 

Receive family rates for insurance

 

Avoid the deportation of a non-citizen spouse

 

Enter hospital intensive care units, jails and other places where visitors are restricted to immediate family

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