Marriage is considered to be a social, legal, and religious institution around the globe.
As per the individual states, the matrimonial law differs, each of which sets an “age of majority” at which individuals are eligible to enter into marriage exclusively on their own consent. Some jurisdiction also sets the rules as to in what ages underage persons are able to marry with parental and/or judicial consent. Across the world, and in some specific parts, Marriage laws have changed considerably during evolving history, which includes the removal of bans on same-sex marriage and interracial marriage. Religion, age, socioeconomic status, commitment, and so forth become a variable when it comes to marriages. Reasons for marrying vary from person to person and may include love, a desire to have children or economic security. Also, some people use the institution of marriage as a means in some instances to attain citizenship by getting a green card; to fight this particular unwelcome scenario, the Immigration Marriage Fraud Amendments of 1986 established laws to penalize such instances.
Marriages can be ended by divorce, annulment, or death of a spouse. The laws governing divorce which is also known as termination of marriage in some states, vary by state, and address issues such as how children will be cared for, how the two spouses divide their property and support obligations of one spouse toward the other. Divorce has become more prevalent in the last 50 years.
As a rough rule, more than other types of bonds, marriage has more legal ramifications between consenting adults. A civil union is “a formal union between two people of the same or of different genders which result in, but falls short of, marriage-like rights and obligations,” according to one view. Domestic are a version of civil unions. Recognition and registration are functions of states, localities, or employers; such unions may be available to couples of the same sex and, sometimes, opposite sex. Cohabitation is when two unmarried people who are in an intimate relationship live together.