Lebanon's Mixed Couples Marry in Foreign Lands

Lebanon’s mixed marriages occur out of the country.Beyond the Veil| Lebanon may be home to 18 officially recognized religious groups, but the country has no provision for civil marriage. Religious authorities oversee marriage, divorce and inheritance.

This reality prevents intermarriage between partners of different faiths. And it subjects even same-religious couples to religious laws, not civil ones. The Maronite chuch — Lebanon’s main Catholic church, doesn’t permit divorce at all. Under Sunni religion, a Sunni widow will inherit only half of her husband’s estate.

In a loop hole in the law, Lebanon does recognize weddings from abroad. Enterprising Lebanese who can afford it are getting married out of the country, sometimes leaving and returning on the same day.

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