- irregular marriage
in Scots family law there were originally three ways of becoming married without satisfying the necessary formalities: de praesenti consent, marriage subsequente copula and marriage by habit and repute. Only the last of the three remains. A declarator of the court is required to constitute such a marriage, and the date of the marriage is determined by the court. See common law marriage [no entry].
Collins dictionary of law. W. J. Stewart. 2001.
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