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For centuries, parents, with other individuals in the community, chose marriage partners for their children. This methodology of selecting a spouse is called an arranged marriage. Although in the United States, marriage commonly occurs when two people fall in love on their volition, and they choose to marry, in other countries and cultures, an arranged marriage is the only way to go. Arranged marriage is not unheard of here either, however, and in the groups that still abide by this method, the divorce rate is significantly lower than average. No matter how the marriage began, if it falls apart, divorce is still an option.
Prevalence of Arranged Marriages
An arranged marriage is one set up by parents, community elders, matchmakers, and religious leaders. Those involved consider the two individuals and their personalities as well as their social class and the cultural impact of such a union. This type of union is not to be confused with a forced marriage. With this option, although the suggestion is made, the decision to enter the marriage must be made willingly by the two matched together. Cultures that practice this way of life include India, Pakistan, Japan, China, and Israel.
Arranged Marriage in the United States
The United States has always openly welcomed individuals from other countries to come live within its borders. Since travel has become a way of life for recent generations, many younger generations feel more at ease moving here because they can travel back and forth between countries. Although they are citizens of the United States now, the traditions of their parents and grandparents still drive their daily lives, including opting for arranged marriages. The method is tried and true and comes with a wide variety of benefits, such as:
Arranged Marriage Is Not Guaranteed to Last Forever
Although divorce is not an option in other countries utilizing the arranged marriage practice, it is an option here within the United States. Unfortunately, sometimes love does not grow as we hope it will or differences become too much to bear. Those who began with an arranged marriage must consider the cultural ramifications of divorce as well as all of the legal considerations. Having lawyers on your side who have experience with arranged marriages is useful on many levels and enables you to navigate the proceedings confidently. If you are interested in discussing your situation with a DuPage County, IL divorce attorney, contact the Law Office of Martoccio & Martoccio today. We proudly offer a free consultation to those who call 630-920-8855 today.