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Common Law MarriageA Legal Institution for Cohabitation$
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Göran Lind

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195366815

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195366815.001.0001

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Informal Marriages in Canon Law

Informal Marriages in Canon Law

(p.89) CHAPTER 3 Informal Marriages in Canon Law
Common Law Marriage

Göran Lind

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses informal marriages under canon law. It considers the influence of Roman law, and traces the evolution of canon law understanding of marriage from the Middle Ages to the Council of Trent in 1563, when the Roman Catholic branch decreed that entering into a marriage through a church wedding ceremony was an unconditional prerequisite for the validity of the marriage. The canon law concept of concubinage and the reasons behind the church's efforts to legally regulate the marital relationship are discussed.

Keywords:   Roman law, canon law, marriage, copula carnalis, concubinage, informal marriage, Christian church

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