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In addition to the spiritual rights conferred by marriage, married couples generally receive several legal rights, including more favorable income tax laws, the creation of marital life estate trusts, the right to a spouse’s Social Security, disability, and other pension or public assistance benefits, the right to sue someone for harming or killing your spouse, better insurance rates, citizenship to aliens, the right to make medical decisions about one’s spouse, and the right to the marital privilege in court, i.e., the right not to testify against your spouse in criminal court.

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