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Marriage Contracts

By: Garry Crystal - Updated: 14 Jan 2019 | comments*Discuss
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Regardless of the reasons why couples enter into marriage it is usually taken very seriously and this is reflected by the legally binding marriage contracts. There are two basic traditional forms of marriage in Britain; religious and the civil ceremony, and both types will give the husband and wife certain rights.

Marriage Contracts

When people are married they will enter into a marriage contract that gives them certain rights. The marriage contract is a legally binding document that give the married couple certain rights that are not extended to people who are simply cohabiting. Married rights can include financially supporting each other and responsibilities regarding child support.

There are also legal rights involved regarding state benefits and pensions from the contributions of a spouse that are not extended to couples who are cohabiting. These rights are taken very seriously and can be enforced if the marriage breaks down.

Parental Responsibility

Another important right supplied by a marriage contract is parental responsibility. If a child was born while the parents were married then both parents have joint responsibility of the child. This is a right that unmarried fathers do not have.

Property Rights

Under the law of marriage contracts a spouse has the right to live in the matrimonial home even if they are not the actual signed tenant or pay the mortgage. This right is given under the Matrimonial Act of 1983 and is a right not extended to unmarried couples. There will also be rights under a marriage contract regarding property and the death of a spouse and rights regarding wills and estates.

Entering into a Marriage Contract

Anyone over the age of 16 who is not already married can enter into a marriage contract. But permission must be given from parents if the couple are under 18.

Legal Requirements

There are some legal requirements that must be met before a marriage will be seen as legal. Apart from the minimum age requirements these will include:

  • The marriage must either be a civil ceremony or a religious one.
  • The couple must not be related to each other.
  • Both partners must have consented to the marriage through their own free will.
  • Both partners must be of sound mind and fully able to understand the contract of marriage.
  • The location of the wedding should take place in a church, registry office or other authorised building.
  • Each partner must fulfil notified residency requirements.

Formal Notice of a Marriage

Regardless of whether the wedding is to be a civil ceremony or a religious marriage, public notice will be required. For religious ceremonies this will mean the reading of the banns, which is an announcement of the marriage in a church three weeks before the wedding. Both marriages will need to be registered in the district where the couple live, either by the registrar or by the priest or vicar who is conducting the wedding ceremony.

Required Documents

When the couple who are intending to marry visit the vicar or Registrar they will be required to bring some formal documentation. This will include documentation regarding the termination of any other marriages and either birth certificates or passports. If the couple to be married are under 18 then the consent forms from parents will also be needed.

Marriage contracts are taken seriously under the eyes of the law and religious organisations. In terms of breaking a marriage contract there will be legal requirements and a married couple will not be able to obtain a divorce until they have been married for at least one year. If either spouse is in any doubt regarding their marriage it is better for everyone involved to make these doubts known before the wedding ceremony rather than have to go through a complicated legal process afterwards.

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farooq - 26-Nov-18 @ 7:31 AM
Does the law of marriage apply to a union of a British citizen and a non EEA citizen of man and wife?.If this is so does my wife have a right to live in the matrimonial home I live in UK or have any other right to live with me even if she is under immigration control.Do immigration laws circumvent marriage laws if married and registered in a UK parish?
Digger - 25-Oct-18 @ 3:46 AM
Hi if a man and woman are married for 35 40 years in one matrimonial home and had been placed in man's name. Am I right in saying woman has rights? To property
Nat - 25-Oct-18 @ 12:09 AM
Sorry i forgot to say. If you enter into a contractual agreement to buy a house and you then found out that the foundations were rotten to the core, you would have the legal right to sue the vendor. Each case should be waited on the evidence. I wouldnot have willing bought that house or at least would have given great thought to whether or not I could live with its issues. if I had been given full disclosure before purchase.
Helen - 19-Sep-18 @ 12:02 AM
He accused me of raping him for 22 years of our marriage. He has said that if he had his choice our 2 youngest children would not be here. He has stated he only signed up for the first 2. He is a top professional in his field and I do genuinely believe that our children and I were beards to further his career. Impossible to prove but none the less true. I had no idea of his proclivities until the end of the marriage. He had withheld pertinent information from me throughout and therefore took away my expectation of transparency within our marriage. Wronged spouses should be allowed to sue for breach of contract.
Helen - 18-Sep-18 @ 11:48 PM
@Helen- you wouldn't be able to prosecute as half the population would be jumping on that bandwagon. Anyhow, despite the decisions he's made and the changes he has gone through since marriage he may have entered into the marriage willingly and not fraudulently. The fact you have had children must mean that somewhere along the way both he and you were compatible.
JoJo - 18-Sep-18 @ 10:11 AM
I've been married 24 and a half years. At present I'm going through a very difficult divorce. My husband cheated and attempted to cheat on numerous occasions, each time he twisted the events to make it my fault. In 2014 I discovered he was a cross dresser, he is now on his way to being a transgender female. As it turned out this had been part of his make up and part of his life unbeknownst to me. I want to prosecute him for entering into a marriage fraudulently and to the detriment of my and our children's health and wellbeing.
Helen - 18-Sep-18 @ 7:09 AM
ghizlane2012 - Your Question:
Hi ,I was married to an English person in Morocco the ceremony was held in Morocco and there was a dowry that he should be paid.The Husband paid a check of 5000 pounds , and we mooved to live in the UK on 2010, I hav decided to open a bank account using that check but unfortunately it was rejected , account doesnt exist anymore.In my marriage certificate it stated I got 5000 pounds but I didn't.Can I sue him for breach of marriage contract ?

Our Response:
Are you still married to this man? Have you waited five years to cash this check? When two people are married money is considered jointly owned. I don't imagine any promise made five years ago would stand up in court unless an agreement was made through a solicitor. If so, your only recourse would be to apply to court. However, as this is considered an unusual arrangement in the UK you would need to seek independent advice first.
ContractsAndAgreements - 2-Aug-18 @ 9:46 AM
Hi , I was married to an English person in Morocco the ceremony was held in Morocco and there was a dowry that heshould be paid .The Husband paid a check of 5000 pounds , and we mooved to live in the UK on 2010, I hav decided to open a bank account using that check but unfortunately it was rejected , account doesnt exist anymore.In my marriage certificate it stated I got 5000 pounds but I didn't .Can I sue him for breachof marriagecontract ?
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Mukesh Kumar Thakur - 3-Mar-17 @ 8:05 PM
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Hello, I am in USA on student VISA i am looking for a girl who can willing to get marry with me to get a papers. i am ready pay whatever she asked. My family left me because i didnt get marry with their choice girl. now no one is in my life and i am single alone living in USA. My sponsor company is ready to sponsor me after i finish my education. but dont have that much time and money. My age is 26.( i need paper of either USA or CANADA) Reply only interested people.
PK - 9-Sep-16 @ 3:38 PM
I am moroccan and resident of morocco. I am in a relationship with a UK citizen and we are thinking about civil marriage in UK next September (as in morocco the marriage procedure is complicated and so long). Could you please advise what will be my rights & obligations as a 'foreigner' getting married in UK? As well, is my passport enough to contract? Am I allowed to get married in UK with a ' 6 months Tourist Visa'? Thank you in advance for your help. Kind regards, Fadoua
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