What’s in a Name: Wedding Hashtags & Moving On

There are so many components to grief that if you’ve never gone through the process, you don’t know what is coming next. This week, I realized a new aspect of my grieving process – the sadness and guilt of letting go of my married name. I am getting married in October, and while I was driving home from the gym yesterday, I realized that I would be letting another piece of my late husband go, … [Read more...]

Elements of a Common Law Marriage: What are the Basic Elements?

There are various rules that govern the existence and recognition of a common law marriage. However, these rules vary from one state to the other. You might meet someone you intend to spend the rest of your life with but might not be so intent on having the marriage legalized for whatever reason. Even if you have no marriage certificate, there are instances when the law will consider you … [Read more...]

The Dominican Republic, Haiti and Wedding Plans

“Lauren, my husband says I’m not going.” My matron-of-honor texted me this week and said her husband didn’t want her going. I don’t blame him. I didn’t want to go anymore. You’d have to be living under a rock if you haven’t heard about the recent deaths of tourists in the Dominican Republic. I think the number is at seven deaths and at least a hundred sickened since May of this year. … [Read more...]