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Is Marriage In Ohio A Contract?

Updated on March 6, 2016

The Marriage Contract In Ohio Starts With Marriage Licenses

The contract is between the spouses and the State of Ohio, and contains rights and obligations. Of course, marriage has a religious basis and is the ultimate expression of love between two people. Marriage obliges two people to support each other and their mutual biological and adopted children, respect each other and be faithful to one another.

To get married, the two people must obtain a marriage license issued in the probate court in the county in which one of the prospective spouses live. A great deal of personal information must be given under oath to the probate court. If either person has been married before, that person must prove they are divorced with a certified copy of a divorce decree.

Common Law Marriage

Up until October 1991, there was a way to get married in Ohio without a marriage license and formal ceremony. This was known as common law marriage, which, as long as it was completed in Ohio by October 1991 or validly completed under another state's law, is recognized in Ohio.

The Impact Of Ohio Marriage On Assets

Getting married in Ohio does not automatically grant ownership of a spouse's assets. This topic is explored in more depth in Ohio Marriage Contracts.


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