What does it mean in legal terms to get married?

Marriage is a contract and a married couple has duties and responsibilities toward one another until one of them dies or the relationship is legally terminated. In a marriage, it is the duty of each spouse to provide support to the other spouse, and this duty often continues for one spouse even if the marriage results in separation or divorce. Getting married changes your life in many ways, and it is difficult to set out a list. However, some legal ramifications of getting married include potentially changing your last name, making additions or changes to your insurance, changing your tax status, writing or updating a will, and how you own property with your spouse.

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