Informal Marriages in Canon Law
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.
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