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'How are the religious beliefs on divorce reflected in the ceremonies? And how do these view affect the choices available to a married couple in the religions you have studied?'

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'How are the religious beliefs on divorce reflected in the ceremonies? And how do these view affect the choices available to a married couple in the religions you have studied?' Occasionally, for various different reasons, marriage fails, and couples decide that divorce is the best option. However, divorces can have very disturbing affects, especially if children are involved. Both Christians and Muslims think divorce is not a very good and strongly discourage it. But, their approach towards it is different; this approach is reflected in the marriage ceremonies. In Christianity, it is believed that everything should be done to prevent divorce, but if this is not achievable then couples should have the choice of divorce. In the Roman Catholic Church, if a partner of a failed first marriage wanted to remarry, the second marriage would not be able to be blessed. The only way that Roman Catholics could possibly have their second marriage blessed, would be if their first marriage could be affirmed void. It would have to be proved that their first relationship was deficient in a particular essential quality, which would signify that the couple did not in fact satisfy all that was mandatory for it to be a legitimate marriage. The church demonstrates that if the marriage involves a partner who has not been baptized then the marriage can liquefy under severe ...read more.

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Divorce in Islam should not be taken lightly because it does not engage in long formal procedures, although some people do take advantage of the system. In Islam a divorce can be obtained by mutual consent - there are two types of divorce by mutual consent. These are: 1. Mubara'ah - this is where the husband and wife settle amongst themselves to terminate the marriage and they also determine the financial arrangements. 2. Khul - this is where either the husband or wife decides to divorce their partner. If the wife has a legitimate criticism against her husband, she can divorce him by returning his marriage gift to her in exchange for dissolution for the marriage. If the husband is the one seeking divorce, he may not request his gifts back unless he can prove that his wife is guilty of immorality. The dowry is frequently what deters any husband who is willing to divorce his wife nonchalantly. However, for a divorce to be considered valid both partners need to be rational and not under pressure from any outside sources, and the divorce must be clear to all. There are seven different grounds for which a wife can divorce her husband: 1. Inability or refusal of her husband to maintain her. ...read more.

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In some cases, the women's family may try to persuade her not to remarry, but no one at all is allowed to prevent a woman from marrying whomever she desires. Although it is the women's right in Islam, many women are too shy to mention a talaq. But a wife may only divorce by talaq if it was agreed at the time of marriage and then put in the contract. In a marriage, if the woman is accused of adultery a divorce can usually be obtained. However, adultery needs top be proved by li'an. To prove adultery by li'an there needs to be four eyewitnesses. If there are not four eyewitnesses, the husband may swear four times over that he is being honest, and the wife may swear her innocence. The overall judgement is then left to their eternal fate. Usually the marriage is considered beyond repair and a divorce is granted. In Islam, when a divorce is made, and children are concerned, they usually remain in the custody of the mother, unless in certain inappropriate situations. Even though the children usually end up ion the mothers' custody, the father still remains responsible for their upkeep. If the children involved are old enough to make to express their own rational opinions, their requests should be accounted for. In some practices, if the husband is to blame for the divorce, it is mandatory for him to pay his divorcees living expenses for a year. ...read more.

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