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Marriage and Divorce

  • Lenore E. A. Walker
  • David L. Shapiro
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Abstract

Marriage between two people is one of the oldest social institutions in the world. So why do we need to legally regulate marriage? The answer is simple—marriage is a contract, albeit a special one, between two people that covers many aspects of their lives together. Most countries in the world like each state in the U.S. define a marriage as taking place between a man and a woman. But, we know that there are many family arrangements where people live in a marriage-like home without a formal marriage ceremony. This includes same gender couples as well as friendship groups often called ‘families-of-choice’. Sometimes the law covers them and sometimes it does not.

Keywords

Domestic Violence Mental Health Professional Battered Woman Child Custody Family Court 
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Reference

  1. Gottman, J. (1999). The marriage clinic: A scientifically based marital therapy. NY: W.W Norton.Google Scholar
  2. Kaslow, E (Ed.) (2000). Handbook of couple and family forensics. NY: Wiley.Google Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lenore E. A. Walker
    • 1
  • David L. Shapiro
    • 1
  1. 1.Nova Southeastern UniversityFt. LauderdaleUSA

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