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This is a version of an article published originally as:
Wade, J. H. (1982). Limited purpose marriages. Modern law review, 45(2), 159-178.

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© Copyright John Wade, 1982


A LIMITED purpose marriage occurs when a man and a woman enter a full status legal marriage and yet at that time one or both of them do not intend to fulfil some or all of the important legal and social duties culturally expected of a “normal” marriage. That is, although the parties consent to the ceremony or commencement of the marriage, they do not fully consent to its cultural and legal functions.1

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