Marriage and Divorce
Hmmm… a subject I happen know a little bit about first hand. I am happily newly-married my first marriage and hopefully my last, to my best friend, my high school sweetheart and the love of my life. What exactly is a marriage? I believe everyone has their own definition or idea of a marriage based on traditions and family and values and religion. A marriage usually happens when two people are very much in love and decide they want to spend the rest of their lives together. Wikipedia defines a marriage as: a social, religious, spiritual, or legal union of individuals. This union may also be called matrimony, while the ceremony that marks its beginning is usually called a wedding and the married status created is sometimes called wedlock. Marriage is an institution in which interpersonal relationships (usually intimate and sexual) are acknowledged by the state, by religious authority, or both. It is often viewed as a contract. Civil marriage is the legal concept of marriage as a governmental institution, in accordance with marriage laws of the jurisdiction. If recognized by the state, by the religion(s) to which the parties belong or by society in general, the act of marriage changes the personal and social status of the individuals who enter into it. People marry for many reasons, but usually one or more of the following: legal, social, and economic stability; the formation of a family unit; procreation and the education and nurturing of children; legitimizing sexual relations; public declaration of love; or to obtain citizenship. Marriage may take many forms: for example, a union between one man and one woman as husband and wife is a monogamous heterosexual marriage; polygamy – in which a person takes more than one spouse – is common in some societies. Recently, some jurisdictions and denominations have begun to recognize same-sex marriage, uniting people of the same sex. But what makes a good marriage? Many people think that anger is the...
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