Thanks again to all of you who helped to compile this vital information regarding the benefits of marriage. Marriage naysayers are right when they say that a marriage contract is a ‘piece of paper,’ but it’s a highly valuable piece of paper.
Read about ‘some’ of the reasons why that ‘piece of paper’ is still pursued by so many of those who have upper strata (middle class, upper middle class, wealthier) values. Some will say that these people marry because they can afford to marry, but I say that these people are in the upper strata and remain there for generations largely because they marry. I would certainly beg those in my lineage to keep this in mind, no matter what naysayers may say about marriage. Another thing those in my lineage and anyone else who’s interested should know about me is that I enjoy the benefits of being a member of an upper strata class because I married and remain married, and satisfactorily so.
MARRIAGE RIGHTS AND BENEFITS
Learn some of the legal and practical ways that getting married changes your life.
Whether or not you favor marriage as a social institution, there’s no denying that it confers many rights, protections, and benefits — both legal and practical. Some of these vary from state to state, but the list typically includes:
* Filing joint
* 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 , 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.
* Receiving veterans’ and military benefits for spouses, such as those for education, medical care, or special loans.
* Receiving public assistance 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.
* 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.
* Consenting to after-death examinations and procedures.
* Making burial or other final arrangements.
* 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.
* Living in neighborhoods zoned for “families only.”
* Automatically renewing leases signed by your spouse.
* 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 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.
#2 –Felicia sent in a couple of MUST-READ articles re Social Security, pension, and other financial PENALITIES for unmarried bw. Read them in THIS Post.
#3– Sloane (sistrunkqueen) sent the following vital information about many of the SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL, SPIRITUAL, and HEALTH benefits of marriage.
by Youmasu J. Siewe, Ph.D, MPH.
If you are currently married, divorced once or ten times, a career bachelor, or just contemplating marriage, this article might be of interest to you.
What is marriage? Marriage is the following:
The institution that legally, spiritually and culturally binds and recognizes man and woman as partners.
The most valued and beautiful of all human relationships and a fundamental social institution which is central to the nurture and raising of children.
It is the ‘social glue’ that reliably attaches fathers to children.
It contributes to the physical, emotional and economic health of men, women and children. A strong commitment to marriage is therefore fundamental to the health and stability of any home, community or nation.
What do Americans think about marriage? Studies indicate that having a happy marriage is one of the most important desires of Americans. However, more and more Americans are becoming less likely to marry or remain married. About 50% of American marriages end in divorce for multiple reasons, and some as vague as “irreconcilable differences”.
What are some general benefits of marriage? Health and family science researchers cite the following as benefits of marriage:
Marriage tends to improve the way people think about themselves, their spouse, others, and the future.
Husbands and wives are more likely to do unselfish things for each other and for their families than they would do if unmarried.
Individuals who are married are more responsible to their communities and the nation.
Individuals committed to one another in marriage can come home and find a place to understand each other deeply and redefine ways to fulfill their roles to themselves, their community and nation.
What are physical health benefits of Marriage:
Married people across cultures have better health than unmarried people.
Married individuals have lower rates of alcoholism than their unmarried counterparts because they tend to offer encouragement, support, and protection from daily problems that could otherwise lead them to using alcohol and other drugs.
Married men and women have lower suicide rates than unmarried ones because married people have meaningful social networks of friends and relatives. Meaningful relationships give people a sense of personal value and a feeling of responsibility to others.
Married individuals have less illness, accidents, and murder; they are less likely to die from all causes, including heart disease, stroke, cancer, car accidents, and murder.
Married individuals spend less time in hospitals and have higher recovery rates.
Married individuals tend to have stronger immune systems, making them less likely to catch colds and develop other illnesses than unmarried ones.
What are the emotional health benefits of marriage?
Married individuals have the lowest rates of depressions and schizophrenias compared to the unmarried.
They tend to handle stress and anxiety better than their unmarried counterparts.
Marriage tends to make individuals to be more motivated to do well at work and to persevere through stressful situations.
Married persons are less likely to be lonely because they always have someone to share their thoughts, feelings, and lives with.
Married persons are more likely to report feeling hopeful, happy, and good about themselves.
Married couples have sex more often and enjoy it more physically and emotionally than their unmarried counterparts.
What are economic benefits of marriage?
Married couples have higher incomes than single men and women.
As a marriage endures, couples have more obligations to each other and tend to be more financially responsible, and more likely to save money. Example: a husband who is skilled at repairing things can save a lot of money for the family; same applies to a wife who is skilled at managing money.
It is important to remember that when marriage partners pool their physical, emotional and economic resources together, the marriage, the family, the community and nation benefits.