Marital Law and Martial Law

Typos–spelling one word when you meant to spell another can lead to some interesting mix-ups.  Marital and Martial are one typo away from each other.

Marital law–is more commonly known as Marriage law.  According to Wikipedia, Marriage law refers to the legal requirements that determine the validity of  marriage, and which vary considerably among countries.

Martial law (noun) is defined as a law which is temporarily imposed on a state or a country when civil authority breaks down or during wartime military operations.

When the partners in a marriage are no longer civil to each other, does marital law then become marital law?  In martial law, all parties are not created equal.

In earlier times, both marriage partners were not created equal–the man usually had more authority over joint property, the children, and his wife.    Who’s the boss in most marriages today?  Do two husbands, two wives,  polygamists or polyandrists make a difference?

The laws in many states did not recognize common law marriages–is that common?

What correlations can you make between marital law and marital law?  Join in the conversation and share your take on the topic.


2 thoughts on “Marital Law and Martial Law”

  1. Under Roman Law, according to my Century Dictionary (Pub. 1890) affectio maritalis referred to the legal distinction between marriage and concubinage, thus the difference between being in a relationship which protected inheritance and property rights and one that didn’t. It had little or nothing to do with affection. One might even guess that there was sometimes more affection in concubinage than in legal marriage. Martial Law (derived from the Roman god of war, Mars) involved even less affection.

    Strangely enough, if you look back before the Romans to Greek civilization you find Eros, the god of sexual love, whose name sounds very easy to mistake for Ares, the Greek god of war. I wonder if the ancient Greeks had to deal with their own version of our martial/marital typo?


  2. Love the response. Thanks for adding some classical background to the topic. Typos are probably more serious when they are carved in stone and harder or impossible to erase or delete.


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