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The Psychology of Family Law$
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Eve Brank

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781479865413

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479865413.001.0001

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Barriers to Marriage

Barriers to Marriage

(p.11) 1 Barriers to Marriage
The Psychology of Family Law

Eve M. Brank

NYU Press

In the U.S., individual states hold the power of marriage regulation and decide who can and cannot get married. As such, a number of barriers to marriage either are, or historically have been, in place throughout the states. Past barriers are those like physical and mental conditions the states once viewed as risky for reproductive purposes. Barriers also included race and sexual orientation with some states throughout different periods of history restricting interracial and same-sex marriages. Today, barriers are still in place for young age, incest, polygamy/bigamy, fraud, and duress. Personal attitudes and public opinions seem to be the main driving forces behind the changing landscape of past marital barriers. Psychological research has also played a role by informing public opinion.

Keywords:   Barriers, State laws, Fraud, Duress, Polygamy, Age, Incest

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