Thanks to a positive ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court regarding same-sex marriage in the United States, we've put together a list of some of the places you may want to notify of your new married status:
- Inform the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) of your new marital status, including your new name(s) if they're changing.
- Update your health insurance forms (if you want to add your spouse to your policy).
- Update your bank accounts, life insurance, estate planning documents (e.g. living will, powers of attorney, wills or trusts, etc.), and retirement plans (IRAs, 401(k)s, etc.) to add your spouse as a beneficiary.
- Inform your motor vehicle administration if you've changed your name(s) and need new state-issued IDs, and you may want to inform your auto insurer as well - we've learned that some couples have received significant discounts on their car insurance because of their new married status.
- If you own property, you might also want to update the deed to reflect both of your names.
- GLAD Answers is a free service set up to provide legal information mainly for those in New England. It's sponsored by Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (www.glad.org and www.gladanswers.org), and you can call them M-F from 1:30pm-4:30pm (ET) at (800)455-4523.
- Lambda Legal: www.lambdalegal.org
- Human Rights Campaign: www.hrc.org
- NOLO: www.nolo.com
- Bankrate: www.bankrate.com