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    The distinctions between void and voidable marriages serve no purpose in modern family law and should be abolished.

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    Many grounds for a voidable marriage and grounds for divorce relate to sex. Although formalities exist for marriage ceremonies, religious ceremonies have never been necessary. However, according to the Marriage Act 1949 and Marriage Act 1994, it is necessary to have at least one set of formalities; either rites of the Church of England, a religious ceremony, or by civil procedure. A valid marriage can be terminated by dissolution or death. In the Marriage Act 1949, there are three types of defect which are non-compliant with the formalities of divorce: the type that has no effect on validity, which is set out in section 24 and section 48; section 25 and section 49

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