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RELATIONSHIP SECURITY

An engaging, secure love relationship can be an ongoing source of support and happiness. Good relationships strengthen all aspects of life: your health, your mind, and your work. However, if the relationship isn't supportive, it can be a tremendous drain. Relationships get better or worse depending on how much or how little we understand and invest in them. These tips can help keep a healthy relationship strong, or repair trust and love in a relationship on the rocks.

What you can do

  1. Communicate what you feel as well as what you think
  2. Invest in focused face-to-face time together each day
  3. Show affection through touching, holding hands, hugging, and kissing
  4. When conflicts arise, be sure to listen to your partner
  5. Keep the spark alive by exploring new activities together

The Cheney Place

I like the way this old furniture factory has been transformed and has become one of the most popular venues for wedding ceremonies and receptions in Grand Rapids Michigan. Let me show you around just before I Officiated James and Laura's wedding.  The design is where "urban meets vintage meets modern" styles. event. 

http://www.thecheneyplace.com/

On The Road Again with Gusto At The Cheney Place

On The Road Again with Gusto At The Cheney Place

Reception area at The Cheney Place is spacious and the polished floor is great for dancing.  

Reception area at The Cheney Place is spacious and the polished floor is great for dancing.  

I Officiated Cody and Mackinzes wedding as well this weekend and liked the way they had family photos spread on each table along with a small jar of honey for each quest. 

I Officiated Cody and Mackinzes wedding as well this weekend and liked the way they had family photos spread on each table along with a small jar of honey for each quest. 

QUADRUPLE CEREMONY WEEK-END

JULY 2016 QUADRUPLE WEDDING WEEKEND

Lake Michigan Beach Wedding.  

Lake Michigan Beach Wedding.  

My first quad-wedding ceremony week-end kicked off in Grand Haven on the beach just South of the State Park.

# 1. Bill and Diana met online and after a great deal of consideration decided to make it official last Friday at sunset.

#2. David and Carly worked Manards and after making great memories together they fell in love. Their marriage ceremony took place at the beautiful Hydrangea Barn in Rockford MI.

Hydrangea Barn Ceremony

Hydrangea Barn Ceremony

3. My first Game of Thrones Wedding Ceremony took place at Johnson Park in Grandville, MI under a huge oak tree. Stephen and Britt exchanged flowered wreaths and became Her Lord and His Lady.

 

Head Wreaths - My Lord My Lady

Head Wreaths - My Lord My Lady

#4. Libby and Andrews Wedding Ceremony took place at Glen Oaks Golf Club in Farmington Hills MI. I enjoy so much participating  in Jewish Ceremonies. The signing of the Kabula and Mov-el Tov was a great way to end my Quad-Ceremony Weekend. 

Jewish Girl Marries Handsome Groom

Jewish Girl Marries Handsome Groom

North Beach Wedding

Dan and Maggie met when they worked for the same employer. Years passed and they crossed paths once again and were available to build a friendship - and they did along with their three sons.  

Yesterday they along with 30+ friends and family surrounded them as I presided as their wedding officiant. It was a perfect evening on North Beach in South Haven Michigan.  

 http://www.southhaven.com/mobile/south-haven-mi-parks.shtml

Making It Legal

Making It Legal

Happy Family - My Three Sons.  

Happy Family - My Three Sons.  

Name Change Resources For The State of Michigan

 

 

Name Change after Marriage Resources and Information

Before you can change your name, you'll need the original (or certified copy of) marriage license with the raised seal and your new last name on it. Your wedding officiant must verify your marriage license with his/her signature and provide you with a copy of your Michigan Marriage License following your wedding ceremony. You can call the clerk's office where your license was filed to get copies if one wasn't automatically sent to you.

  • There is no legal requirement for name change after getting married; it is a right a couple may choose to exercise.

  • Traditionally, the bride has taken the groom’s last name. If you are intending anything other than the traditional name change, check with each agency for its requirements to accomplish that.

  • Michigan State law does not impose a time limit after the wedding by which a name change must be accomplished. However, if you are making the change more than a year after your wedding, check with each agency to determine if a certified copy of your marriage license will suffice to change your name with them.

  • To assume the new last name, be sure you have your copy of your marriage license. Then work with each agency to change its record of your name.

    Post Wedding Name Change Check List

Social Security Name Change Information

If you legally change your name because of marriage, divorce, court order or any other reason, you must tell Social Security so you can get a corrected card. You cannot apply for a card online. There is no charge for a Social Security card. This service is free.

To get a corrected Social Security card, you will need to:

Show the required documents. You will need proof of your identity. Sometimes you also may need to prove your current U.S. citizenship or lawful noncitizen status. See Learn What Documents You Need for more information. Under the heading, “Type of Card,” select “Corrected” for a list of the documents you need;

For complete instructions, please go to Social Security Number and Card

Michigan Drivers License Name Change

To change your name on your MI driver’s license or identification card, you’ll need to visit a MI SOS office in person and:

  • Submit your current MI driver’s license/ID card.

  • Provide proof of your name change, such as your:

    • Divorce decree.

    • Marriage certificate.

    • Legal document.

  • Have your photo taken.

  • Pay the required fee.

Usually, you will receive a duplicate driver’s license or ID card, however, if your card is about to expire, the SOS may give you the option to renew instead.

Passport Name Change Info

If your name has legally changed through marriage, divorce, or a court ordered change of name, you will need to apply for a new passport. The process and cost depend on how long it has been since your passport was issued.

If less than one year has passed since your passport was issued:

  • You will not have to pay any passport or processing fees, unless you request Expedited Service.

  • Submit Form DS-5504 by mail with your current passport, your name change document (original or certified copy), and a color passport photo. You may:

    • Use our online guide to fill out and print Form DS-5504; or

    • Print Form DS-5504 and complete by hand.

More than one year has passed since your passport was issued, and you are eligible to use Form DS-82*:

  • Submit Form DS-82 by mail with your current passport, your name change document (original or certified copy), a color passport photo, and all applicable fees. You may:

    • Use our online guide to fill out and print Form DS-82; or

    • Print Form DS-82 and complete by hand.

More than one year has passed since your passport was issued, and you are not eligible to use Form DS-82*:

  • You must submit Form DS-11 in person at an Acceptance Facility or a Passport Agency, along with your evidence of U.S. citizenship, your name change document (original or certified copy), a valid ID and photocopy of that ID, a color passport photo, and all applicable fees. You may:

    • Use our online guide to fill out and print Form DS-11; or

    • Print Form DS-11 and complete by hand.

  • You will not need to provide proof of the name change if your name has changed due to a marriage and you have already been issued an ID in your new name. You must include the details of the marriage in the applicable section on Form DS-11.

If you have begun using a different name but cannot legally document the change with a court order, divorce decree, or marriage certificate, then:

  • Submit Form DS-11 in person at an Acceptance Facility or a Passport Agency, along with your evidence of U.S. citizenship, a valid ID and photocopy of that ID, a color passport photo, and all applicable fees. You may:

    • Use our online guide to fill out and print Form DS-11; or

    • Print Form DS-11 and complete by hand.

  • You must also present a valid ID issued in the name you currently use.

  • You may also need to provide secondary identification evidence that you have been using the name for at least 5 years, if your ID is less than 5 years old.

There is an easier way to officially change your name. Go to Hitchswitch Name Change and choose from two options: the DIY print at home service or a full-service package, which includes a complete and printed out name-change application. It costs $25-$50, but it's worth it since all you actually have to do is fill out one single form and you'll have access to their customer service team who can help answer specific questions.