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Ch 16: Marriage

TermDefinition
essential requirements federal laws that determine whether a person may marry
formal requirements provincial and territorial laws regarding the marriage ceremony
solemnization of marriage the marriage ceremony
void ab initio a declaration that a marriage is null and void
mental capacity ones's ability to understand the nature of one's actions and to voluntarily enter into a contract
consent agree to enter a marriage willingly
under duress being forced into a marriage through fear
mistake confusion or error about the identity of the person someone id marrying or about the purpose of the ceremony
consanguinity relationship by blood
affinity relationship through marriage
monogamy being married to one person
bigamy being married to two people at the same time (a type of polygamy)
annulment declaration by the court that a marriage never existed
marriage licence a legal document authorizing two people to marry
banns of marriage a public declaration in a church announcing a couples intention to marry
custom marriages marriage ceremonies between aboriginal spouses that follow traditional practices
common-law relationship an intimate relationship between two individuals who are not legally married
cohabitation the legal description of two people involved in a common-law relationship
domestic contract a legal agreement that defines rights and obligations of married or cohabiting partners
marriage contract a domestic contract that deals with specific aspects of the marriage, including the division of property in the event of a divorce, separation, or death
separation agreements domestic contract that sets out the terms and conditions of the separation, dealing with issues such as support payments and division of property
divorce the legal termination of a marriage
application for divorce a document providing reasons for the divorce and arrangements for support payments and child custody
applicant the person seeking a divorce
respondent the spouse being sued for divorce
certificate of divorce a legal document that terminates a marriage
adultery sexual intercourse by a married person with someone other than his or her spouse
marriage breakdown grounds for divorce under the Divorce Act, 1985
cruelty the mental or physical behaviour of one spouse causing harm to the other, making staying together intolerable
collusion and agreement between the spouses to lie or deceive the court in order to obtain a divorce
polygamy being married to more than one person at the same time
cohabitation agreement a domestic contract that sets out the rights and obligations of both partners
Created by: slslozzy