A long-standing rule of family law is that marriage is concluded for an indeterminate period of time. Notwithstanding the possibility to divorce one’s partner after marriage, it is at present impossible to agree upon matrimony for, for example, two or five years. This contribution considers whether this is indeed the most appropriate rule to adopt. After an attempt to establish the origins of marriage as a permanent bond in the Western legal tradition, this view is contrasted with the Islamic Mutah and with failed proposals to introduce a fixed-term marriage. The core of the article consists of a discussion of the arguments in favour and against accepting temporary marriage.
|Title of host publication||Comparative Law|
|Subtitle of host publication||Mixes, Movements and Metaphors|
|Editors||Sean Donlan, Jane Mair|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Publisher||Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group|
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|