Friday, April 14, 2006

void marriages

interesting and exciting ways to end your marriage

Okay, so here I am again, recollecting my promise last time that I would update this blog more often! Obviously I did not perform. This is a lot of pressure! LOL. It really is a lot of work to keep one of these things active. I had no idea it would be so hard. The longer you procrastinate, the harder it gets. Anyhow, here we go, what everyone has been waiting for…..DIVORCE (and other cool ways to end it all)….followed closely in popularity by termination of parental rights.

Void Marriages

The first and somewhat uninteresting way to end your marriage is the “void” marriage. A void marriage means that the marriage never existed in the first place, even if you thought you were married. You could have been “married” for 10 years, but if the marriage is void, guess what, you have been single for 10 years! Dang, the fun you could have had!

A void marriage could arise in two likely scenarios, marrying your brother or sister (gross) or other members of your family who are too closely related (and I said this wasn’t interesting). I believe I talked about this earlier, many, many months ago. The second scenario is when you get hitched but you ain’t undone the old hitch, or explained less southern, you get married when you are still married to someone else. I know I have talked about this one earlier.

I can hear all three of you out there reading this shouting the same thing at your computer…. “Chris, Chris, please tell us who we can and can’t marry in our family cause we want to get married!” Even though it is gross if you marry anyone in your family, the State of Texas says you can’t marry the following people:

  1. An ancestor or descendant, by blood or marriage. (Writer’s note: Ancestors? That sounds like some who is dead! Wow, now that opens up a whole new can of worms! Kidding, I think it means moms, dads, grandma, grandpa, and of course your own kids, or their kids, etc…)

  2. A brother or sister, of the whole or half blood, or by adoption. (Do I need to explain half bloods? Okay, half blood is when one of your parents creates a beautiful new child with another person besides your mommy or daddy. A step child on the other hand has no blood relation; they are the son or daughter from a prior marriage of your new mommy or daddy. I guess we can marry our step sisters and brothers…oh goodie.)

  3. A parent’s brother or sister, of the whole or half blood. (Obviously aunts and uncles, and we understand the half blood thing, right?)

  4. A son or daughter of a brother or sister of the whole or half blood or by adoption. (Nieces and nephews).

So there you go. Everyone else is fair game. So that hot cousin you see every year at the family reunion…fair game! Kidding….as I stated earlier, and I’ll state again…gross! Even step sisters/brothers…gross!

With regard to the prior existing marriage issue, I ALREADY DISCUSSED IT BELOW! GEEZ!

What about the children of these horrific void marriages you ask? Well, we know who the mommy is, and the daddies (used to be called Husband until this nasty void marriage issue arose) well, they are still the presumed father of the kiddos and thereby have all the rights, duties, powers, and obligations of a parent. No paternity tests needed!

Now I hear you mumbling something like….”uh oh, I think I may have done gone out and got myself a void marriage, what do I do?” Well, in short you file a petition to declare the marriage void (NOT AN ANNULMENT….which will be discussed next). The better answer is, log onto my website (to the side over there), shoot me an email, and retain my services! If you don’t like me, hire someone else, but I definitely advise that you hire a lawyer so that your property interests and children are protected.

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