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Your Marriage May Be About to End…

…If Clay County Representative T.J. Berry has his way. He filed HB 2754 which replaces the word “marriage” with “domestic contract” throughout Missouri statutes, as well as makes some other changes. It hasn’t passed yet.

The idea is to protect marriage from gay marriage by ending all marriage.

Among other things, the 394-page bill says:

“Beginning August 28, 2016, all current and previous marriages shall be known and referred to as contracts of domestic union. Two consenting persons who are parties to a valid marriage entered into prior to August 28, 2016, pursuant to this chapter may apply to the recorder of deeds in the county in which their marriage is recorded to have their marriage legally designated and recorded as a domestic union, without any additional requirements of payment or fees, provided that such parties’ marriage was not previously dissolved or annulled. The parties’ valid marriage license shall satisfy the requirements of subsection 3 of this section.” (at page 279).

What does this mean for married people? I haven’t the faintest idea, but it looks like it says your marriage is over and you maybe have a “domestic contract” – or maybe nothing at all – unless you apply with the recorder of deeds.


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The Family Law Resource Guide is published by the Missouri Bar and available for free here. The guide gives some background information about juveniles, marriage, divorce (aka, “dissolution”), child support, adoption, co-parenting and children with law resource guidecover

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Supreme Court Recognizes Right to Same Sex Marriage

“The Constitution promises liberty to all within its reach…”

In Obergefell v. Hodges, the Court recognizes a right under the Fourteenth Amendment to a marriage license for same sex couples.