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The government has a hand in the legal aspects of marriage, including state requirements for legal age and waiting periods.

The White House Greetings Office will send a congratulatory greeting to couples who send a wedding invitation or announcement to the White House. Couples married 50 years or more can receive an anniversary greeting.

Newlyweds may also be congratulated for their new option to file their income taxes as a joint federal return and to claim the Ohio tax credit for married couples. The Public Documents and Patents Department at the Main Library has federal and state tax forms and instructions for your new 'married-filing jointly' status, also available on the IRS website. For an analysis and history of how federal tax law affects married couples, see the government publication, For Better or Worse: Marriage and the Federal Income Tax (Y 10.2:M 34).

If you'd like to know the statistics on marriage, visit the National Center for Health Statistics.

Marriage certificates are vital records and are maintained by each state. The National Center for Health Statistics website also offers links for obtaining official copies of marriage certificates.

If your intended is a citizen of another country, you might want to consult the online publication, "International Matchmaking Organizations: A Report to Congress" about immigration issues.

A wedding often means a change in location and the government offers information and advice on choosing and financing a new home. A number of pamphlets, including "A Home of Your Own," "Home Buyer's Vocabulary," "The HUD Home Buying Guide," and "Manufactured Home Consumer's Guide," are available in Public Documents and Patents pamphlet file under HH 1.6/3.

Looking down the road, the government also has a hand in retirement and the benefits for spouses and survivors. It's never too early to start planning your retirement choices and to be aware of the laws and regulations that govern them. Start with Looking Out for #2 (T 22.44/2:1565) or contact the department for additional publications.