Family Law


Section 1 Marriage and the Law


Do you hope to marry someday? If you are an older student, perhaps you are already married or have been in the past. When most people get married, they are in love and do not stop to think much about the legal implication of what they are doing. As you will see as you work through Section 1, however, marriage involves many legal rights and responsibilities.

In this section you will be introduced to some of the important legal aspects of marriage. When you have finished the section, you should be able to do the following:

    • explain the legal requirements of a marriage, and
    • identify some of the rights and responsibilities of spouses and parents.