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Love and Marriage in Turkey

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  Love, marriage and divorce may seem like straightforward topics, but Turkish customs concerning love and family are a bit different than American traditions. r>
While the Muslim faith condones polygamy, most Turkish households consist of one man and one woman, in deference to Turkish law.

Similar to many cultures, a Turkish couple becomes engaged when the potential groom asks the potential bride's parents for their daughter's hand in marriage. (Arranged marriages are not as common as they once were, but Islamic law still technically prohibits pre-marital dating or courtship.) Usually, gifts are offered by the groom or exchanged between the groom's family and the bride's parents, though the tradition of a dowry is mostly only practiced in rural areas anymore.

The wedding ceremony can be conducted in the bride or groom's home, a hotel ballroom or a government wedding hall. It is conducted by a civil official because marriages conducted by a religious authority are considered invalid. Because no Koran passages are read, the ceremony is usually rather short. Following in the western tradition, a bride usually wears white and a groom will opt for a suit or tuxedo. Afterward, there is almost always a reception involving food and dancing.

The vast majority of couples opt to have children; the typical family size is two adults and two kids. (This number is higher outside of urban areas.) Today, about 20 percent of Turkish households include extended family, such as grandparents.

Divorce is very rare in Turkey, but if a marriage should end in divorce, each party leaves the relationship with whatever possessions they brought into it. Anything they acquired together as a couple goes to the person who acquired them "first." The law prohibits divorced women from re-marrying within 300 days of the finalization of their divorce.
 
     
   

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