Religion and the Family: Marriage and Children

Norman Doe

in Law and Religion in Europe

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199604005
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729331 | DOI:
Religion and the Family: Marriage and Children

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This chapter examines religion and marriage in terms of the approach of States to religious marriages and their position in civil law. It deals with the formation and recognition of religious marriages (and the various models at work in the States of Europe in this field), the termination of religious marriages (and how the religious annulment of religious marriages may be recognised by some States), and religious aspects of same-sex marriages and partnerships. It then deals with religion and children — the religious upbringing of children and parental rights in this regard, limitations on the religious freedom of parents, the religious autonomy of the child, and circumcision and female genital mutilation. The chapter explores the impact of international law in this field.

Keywords: religious marriages; civil law; religious upbringing; religious annulment; same-sex marriages; same-sex partnerships; religion and children

Chapter.  14588 words. 

Subjects: EU Law

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