KC Minister of Love

Professional Wedding Officiant
Serving the Greater Kansas City Area
Call or Text: 913-669-2096
E-Mail: kcministeroflove@gmail.com

The Benefits - Why Get Married?

"We've been living together for 5 years and we're happy.  Why ruin a good thing? " 

                                        "My parents got divorced, so I don't believe in marriage as an institution." 

The Benefits. 

Marriage is a very serious venture, one that should not be entered into lightly without great thought and consideration.  I understand why life experience, modeling, and other factors may create a "fear" of marriage, but what about the Benefits?   Whether or not you favor marriage as a social institution, there's no denying that it offers many rights, protections, and benefits -- both legal and practical. Some of these vary from state to state, but the list typically includes:

 Tax Benefits

Filing joint income tax returns with the IRS and state taxing authorities.

Creating a "family partnership" under federal tax laws, which allows you to divide business income among family members.

 

Estate Planning Benefits

Inheriting a share of your spouse's estate.

Receiving an exemption from both estate taxes and gift taxes for all property you give or leave to your spouse.

Creating life estate trusts that are restricted to married couples, including QTIP trusts, QDOT trusts, and marital deduction trusts.

Obtaining priority if a conservator needs to be appointed for your spouse -- that is, someone to make financial and/or medical decisions on your spouse's behalf.

 

Insurable Interest

Enjoy discounts on your Home and Auto policies.

Purchase Life Insurance for your Spouse to protect your family's future.

 

Government Benefits

Receiving Social Security, Medicare, and disability benefits for spouses.

Receiving veterans' and military benefits for spouses, such as those for education, medical care, or special loans.

Receiving public assistance benefits.

 

Employment Benefits

Obtaining insurance benefits through a spouse's employer.

Taking family leave to care for your spouse during an illness.

Receiving wages, workers' compensation, and retirement plan benefits for a deceased spouse.

Taking bereavement leave if your spouse or one of your spouse's close relatives dies.

 

Medical Benefits

Visiting your spouse in a hospital intensive care unit or during restricted visiting hours in other parts of a medical facility.

Making medical decisions for your spouse if he or she becomes incapacitated and unable to express wishes for treatment.

 

Death Benefits

Consenting to after-death examinations and procedures.

Making burial or other final arrangements.

 

Family Benefits

Filing for stepparent or joint adoption.

Applying for joint foster care rights.

Receiving equitable division of property if you divorce.

Receiving spousal or child support, child custody, and visitation if you divorce.

Housing Benefits

Living in neighborhoods zoned for "families only."

Automatically renewing leases signed by your spouse.

 

Consumer Benefits

Receiving family rates for health, homeowners', auto, and other types of insurance.

Receiving tuition discounts and permission to use school facilities.

Other consumer discounts and incentives offered only to married couples or families.

 

Other Legal Benefits and Protections

Suing a third person for wrongful death of your spouse and loss of consortium (loss of intimacy).

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

Claiming the marital communications privilege, which means a court can't force you to disclose the contents of confidential communications between you and your spouse during your marriage.

Receiving crime victims' recovery benefits if your spouse is the victim of a crime.

Obtaining immigration and residency benefits for noncitizen spouse.

Visiting rights in jails and other places where visitors are restricted to immediate family.

  


What are you waiting for? 

Go ahead and pop the question and give me a call!!!

 

Adapted from: http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/marriage-rights-benefits-30190.html

 

Amy Pulver also known as the KC Minister of Love is not an  attorney and cannot give you any legal advice, this is just for informational purposes only!