Comment: so how do you suppose a man's

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so how do you suppose a man's

so how do you suppose a man's property is to be inherited at his death if the government does not acknowledge or recognize a marriage as valid, if he doesn't have a written will. is a dead man's property just up for grabs by any and all comers? cousins, friends, neighbors, children and wife battle it out or the property just becomes ownerless and whoever 'calls' it first has dibs?

for that matter, how can a will even have validity and the force of law if the government does not acknowledge and enforce the legal provisions written in a will? should the dead man also hire private enforces to distribute his property after his death. palbearers/will efnrocement thugs?

marriage establishes a legal family relationship between two unrelated persons. this new relationship has ramifications for the ownership and transfer of property, it determines who is the next of kin, grants legal rights to make decisions in the event of the incapacity of one of the two parties, grants custody of the children to either party upon the others death, incapacity or disappearance.

prior to the development of DNA testing, marriage was the only basis for establishing fatherhood; marriage and acknowledgement, establishing legal relationships between a father and children, and all the legal and property rights and duties that are established by said relationship.

or do you suppose in the absence of government recognized marriage, every chucky cheese can marry a person to any other person, any number of times, and person A can then have 17 or 1700 next of kin...

good job NOT thinking it through, dwalters!