- and for this to be reflected in the text of appropriate reports.
This definition is fairly broad in its scope, Despite this, however, the Marriage Fact in RM is restrictive and does not allow for any specific description or statement of a particular form; its just "marriage". Any further definition would have to be via the marriage fact note (messy!).
As I understand it (and a result of browsing on Wiki) we have:
- the normal legal marriage, of course;
- Common law or de facto marriages;
- Domestic partnership;
- Civil partnership;
- sui juris marriage;
- marriage by habit and repute;
Another category that should be added is the "non marital" relationship. See note from Wikipedia at bottom of page.) Certainly under Australian law couples in both common law relationships (long term) or just cohabiting (shorter term) have recognized legal rights and responsibilities.
- Include in the "Edit Person / Marriage fact" data entry screen, a pull-down menu allowing the selection of a form of marriage.
- A possible refinement: allow the user to insert their own, locally-used terms.
- Albert married Virginia Kau....on 24 Jan 1947 at....
- Albert commenced a de facto relationship with Virginia Kau..
- Albert was in a common-law relationship with Virginia Kau from 24 Jan 1947 to 13 Dec 1963
- Albert was in a non-marital relationship with... from 24 Jan 1947 to 13 Dec 1963
(The latter examples two using RM's "dual dates" capability.)
I don't think that there is anything "new age" or "trendy" about what I'm suggesting; Its simply dealing with long-established practices. (I happen to hold very conservative views about marriage, actually.)
For your consideration and comment please.
Non-Marital Relationships - From Wikipedia
Common law marriage should not be confused with non-marital relationship contracts, which involves two people living together without holding themselves out to the world as spouses and/or without legal recognition as spouses in the jurisdiction where the contract was formed. Non-marital relationship contracts are not necessarily recognized from one jurisdiction to another whereas common law marriages are, by definition, legally valid marriages worldwide - provided the parties complied with the requirements to form a valid marriage while living in a jurisdiction that still allows this irregular form of marriage to be contracted - as was historically the case under the common law of England (hence the name, "common law marriage").
(An observation: At what point does 'marital' become 'martial'? I suppose it might depend where one places "I" in the relationship, no?)
Edited by Mike Power, 05 October 2012 - 10:39 PM.