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Types and Forms of Marriage explained with examples

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Forms of Marriage:

Recall that Marriage is the coming together or union of a man and a woman to become husband and wife.

This a continuation of our previous article. If you wish read the part 1 of this article, please click HERE.

Below are the various forms of Marriage:

 

  • Monogamy

Mono means one. In monogamy, a man marries only one wife.

Christian marriages are monogamous in nature.

In monogamy, the man or woman is permitted to remarry when a partner dies.

 

  • Polygamy

A marriage is considered to be polygamous when a person has more than one spouse.

A man or a woman can be polygamous.

When a man has more than one wife, it is referred to polygyny.

When a woman has more than one husband, it’s called polyandry.

Note: Polygyny and polyandry are the two forms of polygamy.

While polygyny is generally acceptable in various countries, polyandry, which is the practice of having more than one husband is typically frowned at.

King Solomon in the bible was polygamous with 700 wives (polygyny).

Polygyny can also be seen in some Muslims families.

 

  • Interfaith or Mixed Marriage

A marriage is said to be interfaith or mixed when the man and the woman practice different religions or (both are from different denominations in the same religion).

Consider the instances below:

A Christian man marrying a Muslim woman is a mixed marriage

A Catholic man marrying a Pentecostal woman is also considered a mixed marriage even though they share the same faith in Jesus. (Although both are Christians, they are of different dominations).

Please read on the Sovereignty of God here.

 

  • Intra-Faith Marriage

The term intra means "within or inside or same group".

An intra-Faith marriage is a marriage between a man and a woman who shares the same faith.

An instance is when a Muslim man marries a Muslim woman or when a Catholic man marries a Catholic woman.

 

  • Interracial or inter-racial Marriage

This is the marriage between a man and a woman from different races.

An example is seen when a Nigerian man marries a British woman.

Their children are often considered to be half-caste.

Interracial marriage is a type of exogamy.

You can read on the Nigerian National Symbols here.

 

  • Companionate Marriage

This is a form of marriage in which the partners make a prior agreement not to have children.

The result of this kind of marrriage is the fact that divorce can be reached by mutual consent; and neither partner will be responsible for any financial settlement after the divorce.

In 2019, The media had it that MacKenzie Bezos will become the richest woman in the world if she successfully get a divorce from Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos who happens to be the world's richest during that same year.

A companionate marriage will prevent this kind of scenerio from occuring.

You can read on Failed Marriages and Factors that leads to it here.

 

  • Trial Marriage

A trial marriage is an arrangement made by couples to live together for a period of time in order to test their compatibility status.

To simply put, both couples are married only for a stipulated period of time.

Note: If the couples in a trial marriage discovers that they aren't compatible with each other, they can easily go their separate ways without any form of court interference or payments.

 

  • Left Handed Marriage

In a left handed marriage, one of the partners is from a royal or noble or rich family while the other is typically of a lower status (not necessarily from a poor background).

The result or this form of marriage is:

The spouse of the lower rank has no right nor claims to any royal title or position or inheritance.

Left Handed Marriage occurred in empires around the 15th - 19th centuries so as to forbid a son’s inheritance.

Please read on the various Forms of Government here.

Left handed marriage is also called a morganatic marriage.

 

  • Convenience Marriage | Marriage of Convenience

As the name implies, this marriage exists NOT for love but for financial reasons or other practical reasons best known to the parties involved.

Some people go into this marriage to gain an immigration status into a country; to become a citizen of another country; or to gain honours or popularity.

Please read on the Rights and Attributes of Citizens and Residents here.

 

  • Common Law Marriage

A common law marriage is said to exist between couples who have lived together for a very long time with no prior form of marriage.

The fact that the couples have lived together for a very long time validates their status as "married".

The above paragraph is what a common law marriage entail and it's recognized as a valid marriage in some countries and states.

In America, the State of Colorado recognizes this type of marriage as valid while California does not.

 

  • Open Marriage

A couple is said to be in an open marriage when both partners agree to an external sexual relationship with other people. (Extramarital Sexual Relationships).

Both partners do not care about infidelity and adultery which happens to be a major characteristics of this kind of marriage.

Please read on Conflicts and its Solutions here.

 

  • Cousin Marriage

Cousins can be of varying degree. These are:

  1. First Cousin: The child of your brother or sister (from the same parent) is your first cousin. (This child could be a boy or a girl). Oftentimes, a first cousin is just referred to as cousin.
  2. Second Cousin: The child of your parent’s cousin is your second cousin.
  3. Third Cousin: The child of your parent’s second cousin is your third cousin. The chances of knowing your third cousin is quite low.

In a cousin marriage, a person marries his or her cousin (could be first, second or third cousin).

This type of marriage is seen and encouraged in some Asian countries to promote clan relationship.

The marriage to a second cousin is legalized in USA while that to a first cousin is only permitted in some American states.

Note: Cousin marriage is considered an abomination in Christianity and some other religions.

Please read on the Consequences of Adam and Eve's Disobedience here.

 

  • Forced Marriage

A forced marriage is a marriage that occurs without the free will of the man and (or) the woman.

A forced marriage is considered a form of violence; and is an abuse to Human Rights.

Please read on the Fundamental Human Rights here.

Forced marriage may result from pressure, restrictive measures or even wealth. We have heard cases of people who are flown abroad only to be forced into marriage over there.

Please read on the Disadvantages of Money here.

This form of marriage is against the constitutional law of a country and measures should be put in place to prevent it.

Please read more on Constitution here.

 

  • Zombie Marriage

A zombie marriage is one in which both marriage partners are still living together but in its real sense, such marriage is considered to be technically dead.

Please read on Gender Equality and Ways to Achieve it here.

One of the partners in a zombie marriage feels an emptiness within but seems unable to do anything about it.

Please read on Reputation and How to build a Good Reputation here.


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