MARRIAGE

Marriage is the legal union between a couple. It is through the marriage union that many families are started. There are various conditions under marriage that can occur. These include:

Arranged marriage
This is when the parents choose what is considered to be the right partner for their children. They decide whom their children will marry. Usually, there is a matter of a dowry involved. 
Family tradition
in some cultures when a spouse dies the partner who remains weds the next most suitable relative of the deceased. 

Elope:
This is when a couple runs away to get married despite the disapproval of their parents. 

“Shotgun” marriage
These is two people who are forced to get married because of a pregnancy. This is often done to prevent a scandal or to avoid giving birth to an illegitimate child.

Marriage of convenience
This is a situation where a person marries someone because of their wealth and status. People often get married to a foreigner in order to get citizenship in a country. 

Marriages often undergo stress. Sometimes the marriage union does not survive the stresses placed upon it. This can lead to:

Divorce:
the legal discontinuation of the marriage

Separation: this is when a couple decides to live apart. This is usually by mutual consent. 

There are some common reasons why marriages fail. These include:

Infidelity
This is when one spouse is unfaithful to the other. This kind of problem when discovered often deals a terrible blow to a marriage.

Abuse: 
This is when a spouse uses violence or hurtful words to their partner. This builds strong feelings of resentment.

Neglect: 
This is when one partner spends very little time with their spouse. The neglected spouse ends up feeling very lonely and dissatisfied with the relationship.

Immaturity:
Often young people lack the patience, wisdom, and commitment to weather the stress of a marriage.

Outside influence: this is when a couple is influenced negatively by their friends or in-law. Their interference causes conflicts to arise that otherwise would not have occurred. 

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