New Bill Proposed for Couples Wanting to Marry

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Source: Office of Sen. Jackson

As one of the most popular days for marriage proposals approaches, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) introduced legislation [last week] to ensure newlyweds are aware of the legal and financial commitments they agree to when they say “I do.” Senate Bill 927 creates a “marriage fact sheet,” which outlines the rights and responsibilities associated with marriage and domestic partnership in the state of California.

“For most Americans, marriage is perhaps the most significant legal contract they will enter in their lifetime. Yet very few newlyweds are aware of the legal rights and responsibilities involved with marriage. You wouldn’t sign any other lifetime contract without discussing the details first. SB 927 ensures that when a couple decides to marry, each person is aware of the legal and financial obligations associated with that marriage so they can better plan for their lives together,” said Senator Jackson.

Hundreds of thousands of couples get married each year in California. In 2018, there were 247,000 marriages in California alone.

SB 927 requires the Judicial Council to prepare a brochure outlining how marriage and domestic partnership affect property rights; financial obligations surrounding debts, pension, and retirement benefits; child and spousal support obligations; information related to domestic violence; laws concerning spousal rape, and other information surrounding marriage and domestic partnership in the state of California.

California would not be the only state with such a requirement. Since 1999, the state of Florida has required that all marriage license applicants read a Family Law Handbook which covers legal issues and responsibilities related to marriage and family, family violence, and divorce.

A former family law attorney, Senator Jackson has seen firsthand how many couples are unaware of the specific legal and financial obligations involved with marriage. Based on this experience, she has worked for more than 20 years to create a marriage fact sheet. Her Assembly Bill 889 was vetoed by then-Governor Gray Davis in 1999.

Jackson represents the 19th Senate District, which includes all of Santa Barbara County and western Ventura County.

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a-1581445163 Feb 11, 2020 10:19 AM
New Bill Proposed for Couples Wanting to Marry

Absolutely get out & vote all Republicans OUT of office and be sure to NOT vote for the Liar-in-Cheat on Nov. 3, 2020. Talk about America losing it's world reputation! Moscow Mitch needs to go off into the sunset with his equally crooked wife who's a Orange Cheeto cabinet member.

PitMix Feb 11, 2020 11:08 AM
New Bill Proposed for Couples Wanting to Marry

Keep wishing repubs. SB is solidly democrat. Watch Andy lose another election for you in November. Remember that running the same candidates over and over again and get the same result is:__________.

Chip of SB Feb 11, 2020 11:45 AM
New Bill Proposed for Couples Wanting to Marry

Pitmix, I think you are unfortunately correct. It will be more of the same for California this election, much more. Thankfully California is still part of the United States, and will be compelled to continue honoring the rights the founders recognized in the constitution. I predict a lot of California laws will be struck down in the years ahead, tempering some of the more extreme left wing policies. Someday, when California is sufficiently "San Franciscoed" I think people will realize the only way to make it better is to reconsider their die-hard political leanings. It's kind of like driving on the freeway, when everyone is using the left lane, only way to get ahead is to merge right...

a-1581467917 Feb 11, 2020 04:38 PM
New Bill Proposed for Couples Wanting to Marry

PITMIX, voting for the same revolving door batch of local politicians has left us with massive public pension debt, alienated locals, loss of civic mindedness and volunteerism, failed infrastructure and a new Upper 10% class of residents - the large batch of $250K public employees that even the former Golden Triangle (Riviera-Upper East-San Roque) now votes solidly for the party of the city employee unions because this is where, after a few decades of public wealth redistribution, they now can choose to live -- on our tax dollars. A dual income public employee couple now exceeds even the top 10%. This is what "progressive"means to local voters - taking our money and spending it only on themselves. No wonder those "progressives" who get in and milk the system are so loathe to leave it.

SantaBarbaraObserver Feb 11, 2020 08:48 AM
New Bill Proposed for Couples Wanting to Marry

This woman is out of control. She thinks she is your overlord. It seems that she believes that she was sent to Sacramento to act as your conscious, your moral compass, your Mom, your Auntie, your teacher and your wife... Hannah-Beth, this legislative overreach is seriously getting out of hand. Who told you that this was your duty? They are wrong. You are a representative, not an overlord. Please stop with these stupid, superfluous bills and focus on the actual issues that plague our community.

Lucky 777 Feb 11, 2020 09:10 AM
New Bill Proposed for Couples Wanting to Marry

In Florida they get a Family Law Handbook, and here the government will spend untold thousands to produce and require the reading of a brochure. This is something that should be covered in a high school graduation requirement class, life skills, where they also learn to balance a checkbook and pay off a credit card and car loan, too. More grandstanding by Jackson. Useless.

PitMix Feb 11, 2020 11:06 AM
New Bill Proposed for Couples Wanting to Marry

Let's see, you seem to think the Fla handbook is useful. It probably costs to produce that same as this brochure. You also want to add a class to high schools which would cost a lot. You need to be more consistent in your criticism.

REX OF SB Feb 11, 2020 09:28 AM
New Bill Proposed for Couples Wanting to Marry

Good god, does this woman NEVER run down? Her relentless focusing on asinine issues such as this are as outragous as the antics of the Orange Cheeto in the White House. Aren't her term limits up YET?

LCP112233 Feb 11, 2020 11:47 AM
New Bill Proposed for Couples Wanting to Marry

Rex. Antics aside, he is doing a fabulous job with the economy. Being a business owner, I am happy with his job performance. He definitely could work on some diplomacy. That being said, he is pretty good at dishing out what he so often has to take.

RHS Feb 12, 2020 10:07 AM
New Bill Proposed for Couples Wanting to Marry

LCP__The biggest lie from the Trumpians is the claim that "he is doing a fabulous job with the economy" because it completely ignores the fact that the present "boom" is built totally on the record increase in the national debt paid for by tax cuts to the corporations and wealthy . This economy cannot survive. When did the conservatives give up their demand for fiscal responsibility? Looks like it happened when they got addicted to the Trumpian pig slop feeder.

a-1581532548 Feb 12, 2020 10:35 AM
New Bill Proposed for Couples Wanting to Marry

Entitlement spending, primarily on Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid, is why our "national debt" continues to explode. Partisan politics needs to stop calling attempts to reform all these three debt busters as "cuts". Reform is essential and everyone has self-interest seeing this happens, including current beneficiaries. No, not everyone loves their Medicare. Many find it to be the worst possible example of waste, fraud, abuse and inefficient and ironically over-kill, over-treat worst practices. Reform is needed; immediate reform is essential. Look to see who is the first to call reform attempts, "cuts" and candidate XYZ is going to take away your Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid - just like that same party did in 2018 which proved to be a winning formula for them. That is the party who owns national debt - the one who refuses to reform social spending entitlements. Let alone the party who recklessly wants to increase them even more with "universal" everything.. And no, these three entitlements have nothing to do with military spending. Do the math. We could reduce the US military to volunteers with home made pea shooters, and it would not come close to repairing our out of control entitlement spending.

a-1581542784 Feb 12, 2020 01:26 PM
New Bill Proposed for Couples Wanting to Marry

He dishes it right back at them and they didn’t get a whimpering snow flake response to their unrelenting attacks and constant obstructionism.

Ahchooo Feb 11, 2020 09:55 AM
New Bill Proposed for Couples Wanting to Marry

It seems odd that this hasn’t been done before. A page or two on a website could give a simple outline of the commitments one is agreeing to when one says “I do.” Education is not a bad thing. But don’t pile this on the high school teachers (as another commenter suggests), and don’t spend a bunch of money on it. How hard could it be to itemize the major points? I hope they don’t do a whole book—hardly anyone will read it, and it could open up legal liabilities. If they try to make a document that explains every little thing, they’ll surely leave one out or word something ambiguously.

a-1581464490 Feb 11, 2020 03:41 PM
New Bill Proposed for Couples Wanting to Marry

But this sort of advice has been done before - it used to be part of someone's religious training, socialization skills development and good parenting advice. Books are out there and today online is full of complementary resources. So If the government does not also provide this, does it mean it never happened? Odd dichotomy going on today - bureaucrats and legislators are not held in high regard but "government" is. This hunger for anonymous authority figures in modern lives today is quite curious. Used to be the mantra of the 1960's was Question Authority. How times have changed. Now it is Obey Authority, as long as it comes from The Government. Whatever and whomever that is. But only if it is from the "progressive" voices in government; not the elected voices of government.

RHS Feb 12, 2020 02:44 PM
New Bill Proposed for Couples Wanting to Marry

It is not odd that this has not been done before because it is almost an impossible task. To prepare a document that details all the obligations, benefits, perils, risks, factors, permutations, lifetime impact, etc. of marriage is not reasonable. Jackson is a ideologue who refuses to recognize the validity of other views. This cannot be done in any professional manner. But she also knows that. She is happy to "make the effort" and garner praise from supporters. Glad she is moving on.

Chip of SB Feb 11, 2020 10:09 AM
New Bill Proposed for Couples Wanting to Marry

Bravo Hannah! We need common sense marriage control! Providing a handout is a bold first step, but we need to do more. We should require a written test in order to get a marriage license to ensure newlyweds are proficient in "marriage safety." There should also be a mandatory "cooling off" period before any marriage is legally finalized, and nobody should be allowed to enter more than one marriage contract per year. We should also raise the minimum age for marriage to 21. Just because someone is old enough to vote, get drafted, and take on crippling nondischargeable debt to get a useless college degree does not mean they are responsible enough to enter a marriage, which they have a legal right to exit at any time. In fact, A minimum age of 50 might be more appropriate.

a-1581466159 Feb 11, 2020 04:09 PM
New Bill Proposed for Couples Wanting to Marry

Judging from divorce rate of 50% and assuming some percentage additionally are unhappily married, you’re correct. But marriage the greatest thing I ever did and I find My Santa Barbara friends’ marriafes are far more stable than LA or NYC friends.

a-1581469168 Feb 11, 2020 04:59 PM
New Bill Proposed for Couples Wanting to Marry

Worry more about the solo parent rate than the divorce rate - that is the guaranteed and proven fast track to lifetime and generational poverty. Time to stop glamorizing solo parenting and the total failure to bring men into the equation, allowing them to shirk any and all responsibility for this blatant form of "domestic abuse" - abandonment of their own children, with little to no practical legal recourse. Thank you to the dads who do not abandon their children. But to the huge numbers of children who are cut off from dual parenting child support, shame, shame, shame is heaped on the abandoning parent.

yacht rocked Feb 11, 2020 02:55 PM
New Bill Proposed for Couples Wanting to Marry

The Calif DMV basic Noncommercial Class C knowledge driver license (DL) tests are available in the following languages:
Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Cambodian/Khmer, Chinese/Cantonese, Croatian, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Persian/Farsi, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Samoan, Spanish, Tagalog/Filipino, Thai, Tongan, Turkish, and Vietnamese.

I hope this document is at least as comprehensive, and don't forget audio versions! :)

Hopefully there's a test!

a-1581465722 Feb 11, 2020 04:02 PM
New Bill Proposed for Couples Wanting to Marry

Wow, with all the problems facing CA, she's worried about this? How about a booklet to be handed out to kids about drugs and alcohol leading to homelessness, getting good jobs including in the trades if college isn't right for them, and how to spot signs of mental illness early and get help before they end up on the street?

a-1581466034 Feb 11, 2020 04:07 PM
New Bill Proposed for Couples Wanting to Marry

Actually though she’s not my kind of politician, she’s right on the money. It’s the most important contract and people get lawyers for every other contract why not at least think about planning? Clearly with the divorce rate what it is, people need to plan and think. I’m happily married but child of divorce. Divorce causes all sorts of problems we see every day- children face upheaval, legal battles over property and custody, risk of depression. It has a serious societal impact and I applaud Jackson for this one.

a-1581468217 Feb 11, 2020 04:43 PM
New Bill Proposed for Couples Wanting to Marry

Why rely on only two pages and miss the full effect of the multi-volume Family Law Code, our legislators like Hannah-Beth Jackson and Monique Limon use as the legal bible for domestic relationships. Pick a chapter and settle into learning about how you and the law are most intimately connected:
FAMILY CODE
DIVISION 1. PRELIMINARY PROVISIONS AND DEFINITIONS [1 - 185]
DIVISION 2. GENERAL PROVISIONS [200 - 295]
DIVISION 2.5. DOMESTIC PARTNER REGISTRATION [297 - 299.6]
DIVISION 3. MARRIAGE [300 - 536]
DIVISION 4. RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS DURING MARRIAGE [700 - 1620]
DIVISION 5. CONCILIATION PROCEEDINGS [1800 - 1852]
DIVISION 6. NULLITY, DISSOLUTION, AND LEGAL SEPARATION [2000 - 2452]
DIVISION 7. DIVISION OF PROPERTY [2500 - 2660]
DIVISION 8. CUSTODY OF CHILDREN [3000 - 3465]
DIVISION 9. SUPPORT [3500 - 5700.905]
DIVISION 10. PREVENTION OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE [6200 - 6460]
DIVISION 11. MINORS [6500 - 7143]
DIVISION 12. PARENT AND CHILD RELATIONSHIP [7500 - 7961]
DIVISION 13. ADOPTION [8500 - 9340]
DIVISION 14. FAMILY LAW FACILITATOR ACT [10000 - 10015]
DIVISION 17. SUPPORT SERVICES [17000 - 17804]
DIVISION 20. PILOT PROJECTS [20000 - 20043]

a-1581478802 Feb 11, 2020 07:40 PM
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Isn't it that only adults can get married? So they make their own choices and do not need no government checking on them to see if they know what they're getting into. Their own problem. They make their own bed. Socialist Amerika. Wait in another line. Fill another paperwork. Pay another fee. Pay another useless bureaucrat. All you Bernie comrades do not forget that Adolf was a socialist too.

a-1581482894 Feb 11, 2020 08:48 PM
New Bill Proposed for Couples Wanting to Marry

You can’t even look at a lot of websites without clicking that you understand the terms and conditions. It doesn’t seem outrageous that people should have to acknowledge the basic legal terms of a marriage contract before one is issued.

RHS Feb 12, 2020 09:57 AM
New Bill Proposed for Couples Wanting to Marry

And just as clicking on an icon is almost totally pro forma (who actually reads the crap), simply acknowledging the receipt of a form is not very meaningful as proof that people know anything. It should probably be titled a "waiver" in fact.

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