White Marriage (Co-habitations)

White marriage is a form of cohabitation of couples without adherence to Sharia or legal contracts which has emerged to adapt to the problems and respond to the requirements of the modern world. It is a form of marital life that is not officially registered.In white marriage, the information about the agreement of the parties is not registered in any official document or legal office. While white marriage is not new in the world, it is reported to be a growing trend in the major cities of Iran.

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FAQ About White Marriage

  • What are the advantages of white marriage in Iran? Provision for financial needs, freedom from the burden of housing problems, responding to emotional and sexual needs, learning more about each other, being able to easily end the relationship in case of a wrong choice, finding a way for a right choice for permanent marriage, experiencing a form of cohabitation before permanent marriage, are among the reasons for the following for the introduction of a type of marriage.
  • What are the disadvantages of white marriage in Iran? Lack of psychological safety for couples, hiding relationships from family and society, fear of revealing relationships, the possibility of violence and lack of legal protection due to fear of the consequences of being found guilty and accused of adultery, lack of legal protection, future of girls who leave marriage such as suffering from loss of virginity and its consequences, unwanted pregnancy, reduced sense of responsibility, lack of allowance for the wife, not taking the share and inheritance of the parties from each other in case of death of one side, issues with child custody, and difficulties obtaining birth certificates for potential children are often mentioned as disadvantages for white marriage in Iran.
  • Is there a punishment for White Marriage in the Iranian system of law? White marriage is illegal in the Islamic Republic of Iran and is regarded as an illegitimate relationship that is punishable as adultery (Article 221 of the Islamic Penal Code). Additionally, the parties will face the severe punishment of being stoned as adulterers if either one or both of them are married to another person and engage in such a relationship.

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