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Marriage in Atlanta

Marriage is a legal contract between two people which allows the couple to be recognized as married before the eyes of the law. Although upon a marriage a couple is not considered one person, there are various benefits that both people gain together, such as in taxation or inheritance rights. Marriage requirements vary from state to state, but usually include a license, a waiting period, blood tests, minimum ages, a ceremony officiated by a clergyperson or an officer of the court, and witnesses. Currently, under the laws of most American states, same-sex marriage is not considered a valid marriage.

Prior to entering into a marriage, an increasing number of people choose to consult with an Atlanta Family Law attorney to discuss pre-nuptial agreements. These are contractual arrangements related to finances that will govern a couple’s marriage, whether or not there is a divorce.

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Waiting for Gay Marriage in Atlanta? 3 Recommendations

Though 2013 bore witness to a groundswell of support for gay marriage in states across the nation, the state of Georgia does not yet recognize gay marriage.

Atlanta residents who are waiting for gay marriage to become a reality in their home state should keep these three recommendations in mind:

Carlton is all grown up. Actor Alonso Ribeiro, best known for his role as Will Smith's uptight cousin on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," has tied the knot, Time reports.

On Saturday, Ribeiro married fiancee Angela Unkrich in California. It was Ribeiro's second time down the aisle.

Whitney Houston is probably rolling in her grave right now. The late singer’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, recently confirmed that she’s engaged to her adopted brother Nick Gordon, reports.

Bobbi Kristina’s family is understandably upset about the bizarre engagement. It may be creepy, but is it illegal to marry your adopted sibling in Georgia?

Earlier in the month, country singer Wynonna Judd tied the knot with her boyfriend and band mate Cactus Moser, People reports.

Judd, who's been married three times, is no stranger to divorce. A prenuptial agreement would allow Judd to safe guard her wealth just in case her marriage to Moser ends up being divorce number three.

Study: Women Choose Wealth When Men are Scarce

Mo men, more moola?

When there are fewer bachelors around women gravitate towards lucrative careers at a higher pace, reports The Houston Chronicle, summarizing a study conducted by the University of Texas at San Antonio and the University of Minnesota.

Ruben Studdard's 'Ironclad' Prenup Setting Example for Celebs?

Former American Idol winner, Ruben Studdard, is an example in family law. His ironclad prenuptial agreement that made his divorce easy and clean, reports TMZ. If this is true, then his attorney will be getting a lot more calls going forward.

The “ironclad prenutial agreement” is a bit of a Lochness monster. Many claim to have seen it but in reality it is ephemeral. It was the even subject of a popular George Clooney film called Intolerable Cruelty.

In the divorce, Ruben Studdard’s ex, Surata Zuri, tried to get the prenup nullified, saying that she didn’t have enough time before the marriage to look it over.

Unmarried Couples In Georgia and USA Increasing

The founders and producers of the Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville are an unmarried couple and they want others to know that it is not necessary to be married to be happy, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Ann-Carol Pence and Anthony P. Rodriguez of the Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville share many things, but they don't share a marriage license. In fact, they are part of a more recent American growing trend: the number of 30- to 44-year olds that are living together without marriage.

Amber Rose Engagement to Wiz Khalifa

The hip hop video model and socialite, Amber Rose, just got engaged to long time boyfriend, Wiz Khalifa, reports E!Online.

Wiz Khalifa, who is known for his song "Black and Yellow" and Amber Rose, who was previously linked to Kanye West, shared the news of their engagement via Twitter, or rather, via an image of the big ring. A few minutes later, Rose tweeted, "He has made me the Happiest Woman in the World!!!!"

Stephen Troy Kendrick Life Imprisonment For Teen Impregnation

A thirty-four-year-old man, Stephen Troy Kendrick, was found guilty by Fulton County jurors of the statutory rape, aggravated child molestation, and other crimes against a thirteen-year-old girl, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

As a result, Kendrick received a sentence of life, plus two years.

Dunwoody Day Care Shooting Trial Begins

Tuesday morning brought the opening statements in the Dunwoody day care shooting trial, reports ABC News.

The case, which allegedly involved an extra-marital affair between Hemy Neuman and Andrea Sneiderman, will be about the killing of Rusty Sneiderman, who was 36-years-old when he was shot. Neuman has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. He is 49-years-old. And Andrea Sneiderman has already been called to testify and the salacious nature of the testimony should only arouse more interest in an already sensational trial, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.