Marriage 101

By Adrienne Griffis

I have always thought that the government should offer an informational seminar on the legal effect of marriage before doling out marriage licenses like playing cards at a poker table. It only takes about $60 and half an hour to get married in Arkansas; however, ending that marriage can take months to years and cost thousands of dollars. I have had many clients tell me, “I wouldn’t have even gotten married had I known [insert provision of marital property law which is obvious to attorneys but apparently shocking to some laypeople].” Regrets aside, there are several common misconceptions about ownership of property that are better addressed prior to saying “I do.” Welcome to Marriage 101. [More]