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    • Registering an overseas marriage
      By kamikaze · Posted
      This account relates to registering a marriage at a French embassy, but it probably has close parallels in every Western country.   Once you marry overseas there are very good reasons for registering the marriage with your embassy as soon as possible, an important one being the ramifications if you die suddenly.   With the French embassy, if the husband dies before the registration of the marriage, the wife is legally married in her own country but not in France. If the husband died intestate, as many do, the wife gets nothing in France. It is possible to register the marriage after the death of the husband. This involves collecting all the relevant documents, certifying them, translating them into French, and then submitting them along with a petition to the Prosecutor in France. This Prosecutor handles all cases outside France, so the process takes at least 6 months and usually a year, during which you hear nothing. His decision depends a lot on  the intention of the husband to register the marriage or not, of which there is rarely any written evidence. The husband may have deliberately avoided registering the marriage, or just been lazy. In any case, if the Prosecutor says "Non!" that is final and the wife gets nothing. If he says "Oui!" the husband's assets have most likely already been shared out among his next of kin so there is another long process to reallocate a share of them to the newly registered widow.   If you want your wife to inherit pensions etc in your home country, or outside her country, register the marriage ASAP. It will be difficult enough for her to register the marriage after your death, let alone do it in a language other than English.  
    • Registering an overseas marriage
      By kamikaze · Posted
      This account relates to registering a marriage at a French embassy, but it probably has close parallels in every Western country.   Once you marry overseas there are very good reasons for registering the marriage with your embassy as soon as possible, an important one being the ramifications if you die suddenly.   With the French embassy, if the husband dies before the registration of the marriage, the wife is legally married in her own country but not in France. If the husband died intestate, as many do, the wife gets nothing in France. It is possible to register the marriage after the death of the husband. This involves collecting all the relevant documents, certifying them, translating them into French, and then submitting them along with a petition to the Prosecutor in France. This Prosecutor handles all cases outside France, so the process takes at least 6 months and usually a year, during which you hear nothing. His decision depends a lot on  the intention of the husband to register the marriage or not, of which there is rarely any written evidence. The husband may have deliberately avoided registering the marriage, or just been lazy. In any case, if the Prosecutor says "Non!" that is final and the wife gets nothing. If he says "Oui!" the husband's assets have most likely already been shared out among his next of kin so there is another long process to reallocate a share of them to the newly registered widow.   If you want your wife to inherit pensions etc in your home country, or outside her country, register the marriage ASAP. It will be difficult enough for her to register the marriage after your death, let alone do it in a language other than English.
    • The smoke haze problem in Chiang Rai
      By stumpy · Posted
      The rain has cleared the air so any respiratory problems now ??
    • Americans, guns and their constitution
      By TizMe · Posted
      http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/03/25/1373205/-Australian-comedian-tries-to-make-sense-of-American-gun-laws-nailed-it# Comedian Jim Jeffries tackled one of the most controversial subjects in the U.S. gun control laws.
      Jeffries was once the victim of a home invasion in which he was tied up and beaten with his girlfriend, who was also threatened with rape. You'd think he'd have some cause for carrying a gun, no? Wrong! He brilliantly nails why Americans need to make a case for more gun control: http://youtu.be/C_MFSD_UoEE  
    • The smoke haze problem in Chiang Rai
      By Morlar · Posted
      ​ For the sake of completeness, here's the same shot (give or take a few tens of metres) this afternoon. Lovely! . . .