FRHD Chapter 4 Notes

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Family Relations and Human Development
FRHD 1020
Sarah Murray

Chapter 4 Wedding Bells and After Society and Marriage y Wedding ceremony has two functions o Public acknowledgement that a new family has been legally created o Ritual marking the change in status and roles among all family members y Daughters used to be a financial asset y White dress symbolizes virginity y In the pioneerera North American weddings the minister or priest would marry the couple and at the same time baptize the first child or two or three children y Until 1797 only Anglican and Roman Catholic clergy could conduct legal marriages y Agricultural basis of Canadian Society is due to the peak in marriages in 1939 during June and September y Roman Catholic Church discouraged marriages during Lent y Currently the peak of marriages is in the summer y Three factors for the later marriages o Womans greater education levels o Poor opportunities for young workers o Increase in couples living together before marriageLaw and Marriage y Rules as to who cannot marry o Brothers and sisterso To more than one person o Both partners must be at least 18yrs old but both may be as young as 16 with parental consent o Before 2003 same sex marriages y The central provision of The Civil Marriage Act defined marriage as the lawful union of two persons to the exclusion of all others y Marriage contract is a legal document that alters the effect of the law usually as it applies to property y Cohabitation agreement is not available in Quebec and varies in each province y Reasons for this agreement o Property and support rightso Ensures that a partner can inherit from the other partnero Protect partners from future changes in the lawMarriage in the Family Cycle y Marriage was a rite of passage marking adulthood y Patriarchal cultures men work to support the family and women provide physical and emotional care for membersy Ability to financially support oneself now is a criteria for adulthood
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