- Choice of law clauses — Marriage — Matrimonial causes
This chapter examines the choice of law rules governing the formal validity of a marriage and those rules governing its essential validity or capacity to marry. It first considers the general rule governing the formalities of marriage as well as exceptions to the general rule before discussing the two main theories on the capacity to marry. It then looks at the reform of general rules on marriage, what law determines the nature of a marriage, the capacity to contract a polygamous marriage, and recognition of polygamous marriages in England. It also analyses the rules governing civil partnership and de facto cohabitation and concludes with an overview of special problems posed by polygamous marriages and same sex unions.
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