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After MarriageRethinking Marital Relationships$
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Elizabeth Brake

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190205072

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190205072.001.0001

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Temporary Marriage

Temporary Marriage

Chapter:
(p.180) 8 Temporary Marriage
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After Marriage
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Daniel Nolan

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190205072.003.0009

Parties to a temporary marriage, in the sense discussed in this chapter, agree in advance that their marriage will only last for a fixed period of time unless renewed: that it will automatically expire after two years, for instance, or five, or twenty. This chapter defends the claim that temporary marriages deserve state recognition. The main argument for this is an application of a principle of marriage equality. Some other arguments for are also canvassed, and a number of arguments against recognition are also discussed. The chapter also discusses the question of whether such “temporary marriages” are in fact a kind of marriage, and defends the claim that they are, or would be, genuinely marriages.

Keywords:   legal recognition of marriage, marriage, nature of marriage, mutah, divorce, temporary marriage, liberalism

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