It happens to most of us at one point or another: marriage. Before you go walking down the aisle though, you'll want to be prepared and ready. After all, it's a big decision. There are always so many things to do. Along with the wedding ceremony, reception, and music selection, there are also some legal aspects to be considered.

Find Law has laid out some important steps in making sure your "I do's" go off without a hitch. Maybe you plan on popping the question over the holiday or maybe the date has already been set. Either way, it's not a bad idea to have a short legal checklist.

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Photo: Leonardo Miranda/Unsplash

Apply for a Marriage License

Before a state recognizes your marriage as legally binding, you have to acquire a marriage license. Every state has different stipulations and requirements for licenses. For example, some states require both parties to be 18 years of age while others permit 16-year-olds to marry with parental consent. Be sure to apply for your marriage license well in advance.

Consider a Prenuptial Agreement

I know, I know - this sounds unromantic and like something a lawyer would say. But if an unforeseen divorce happens - and they do - a prenuptial agreement can save both partners loads of money down the road. If there are children in the family, it can help establish custody plans. It may be a good idea to compare family lawyers in Abilene.

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Photo: Digital Vision/Getty Images

Decide on Changing Your Last Name

Although neither party is required to change their name, it's a decision that should be discussed. If a partner wants to change their last name, all he or she will need is a marriage certificate in order to update any company or state agency.

Make Sure Your Ceremony Is Legal

Many states have set laws on who can perform a marriage ceremony. A lot of times it's a judge or clergy member. Some states, like Texas, even permit those ordained online to officiate weddings.

Weddings are a significant moment in people's lives. There's a lot of time, emotion, and money that goes into wedding ceremonies and subsequent marriages. Asking all the tough questions upfront and getting a plan together can improve your chances for a happy life together.

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