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Family Law

Marriage Restrictions

Marriage Restrictions

Explore the historic and present-day restrictions on marriage, from now-defunct restrictions on marriage such as epilepsy, poverty, incarceration, and race, to the remaining modern-day prohibitions on polygamy, bigamy, incest, and sham marriages.


This clip explores the different restrictions that have been placed on marriage, both past and present. We will start by looking at four different kinds of historic marriage requirements that, although no longer recognized today, shaped what a marriage looked like for generations and generations. After examining why these historic marriage restrictions were eventually repealed, we will move on to present day marriage restrictions: polygamy and bigamy, incest, and sham marriages. The tutorial...