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, SolicitorEdited By: Sir Peter North CBE, QC, MA, DCL, FBA
James J Fawcett, Janeen M CarruthersEdited By: Sir Peter North (Consultant Editor)
- 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...