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When to Get Your Marriage License

Marriage licenses should be obtained before your wedding ceremony. In the state of California marriage licenses are valid for 90 days and will cost you between $35 and $100+ depending on the county requirements ($97 for Ventura County). You can get a license the day of your wedding but remember that most government offices are only open on weekdays. To get a license, you have to fill out an application at your county court house’s Clerk Recorder’s Office. Make sure to bring your photo id, driver’s license, or passport. Some counties will also require a copy of your birth certificate. Also be prepared with your mother and father’s full names and information on previous marriages if this applies to you, such as the date your marriage ended and how it ended (death, dissolution, divorce, or nullity). Some counties may require a copy of the judgment. County Clerks can perform civil marriage ceremonies at the County Clerk’s Office (if you’re in a hurry or on a budget) and there ar

A Good Relationship Read

Gary Chapman’s The 5 Love Languages is an eye-opening, easy-to-read book that explains the five categories of love needs and outlines ways to fulfill those needs. While it is easy to understand that each individual has different needs, I wasn’t aware that expressions of love were received differently; that what I like and need to feel loved is not the same for my spouse. Each chapter covers one of the five “love languages” with an insightful look into real-life relationship issues and a clear, concise description of how couples get frustrated when they are not giving or receiving the kind of love they need. It’s like one person is speaking Chinese and the other French. What makes this relationship book so enjoyable is that it provides short, simple, and specific suggestions of actions that express love in each of the five categories. The 5 Love Languages contains great tips, easy to apply strategies, suggestions, and even a quiz to find out what your love language is, whether you ar