family life

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Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights and the Human Rights Act1998 guarantee respect for family life. The right to family life extends beyond formal relationships and legitimate arrangements (Marckx v Belgium (App no 6833/74) [1979] ECHR 2). This right is a qualified right: interest can be used to justify an interference with it providing that this is prescribed by law. The right to marry and found a family (the right to procreation) is contained in Article 12 of the Convention.

Subjects: Law — Religion.

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