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Part V Family Law, Ch.20 Marriage and Other Adult Relationships

J J Fawcett LLB, PhD, Solicitor, J M Carruthers LLB (Hons), Dip LP, PhD, Solicitor
Edited By: Sir Peter North CBE, QC, MA, DCL, FBA

From: Cheshire, North & Fawcett: Private International Law (14th Edition)

James J Fawcett, Janeen M Carruthers
Edited By: Sir Peter North (Consultant Editor)

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From: Oxford Legal Research Library (http://olrl.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 14 July 2024

Marriage — Public policy — Capacity of parties
A contract to marry differs fundamentally from a commercial contract,2 since it creates a status that affects both the parties themselves and the society to which they belong. It is sui generis. It is fulfilled on the solemnisation of the marriage ceremony, and thereafter there is a change in the law that governs the relationship between the parties. There are many different situations in which the existence of a marriage must be established as a preliminary to legal proceedings. The matter may concern many different parts of the law. Thus the institution of a...
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