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Academics at the University of Glasgow are developing a board game to help people negotiate the complex legal world of marriage.
Legally Wed sees players race to plan their wedding; choosing venues, food, and outfits in a bid to be the first up the aisle to win the game.
Sound easy? Don’t be so sure – along the way, players must complete all the steps required for a legal marriage.
If not, no matter how good they look for their wedding ‘grams, they’ll end the day without a spouse.
“Calamity” and “Consent” cards reflect the mishaps of modern-day wedding planning and potential pitfalls a soon-to-be-married couple might face.
Legally Wed is inspired by the work of academics at the University’s School of Law – Professor Jane Mair, Dr Frankie McCarthy, and Felicity Belton.
The tasks and challenges featured in the game draw upon their research in Family Law and personal wedding stories of family and friends.
Professor Jane Mair, Head of Glasgow University’s School of Law, says: “Around 30,000 wedding ceremonies took place in Scotland last year, and with the advent of same-sex marriage and legal recognition given to humanist wedding ceremonies, the choice to get married is open to a greater number of couples than ever before.
“However, the legal consequences of marriage – and the legal differences between marriage and long-term cohabitation – are poorly understood. Our research has explored how the law regulating marriage, divorce, and cohabitation is applied in practice by the courts, solicitors and other legal practitioners in Scotland.”
With Legally Wed’s prototype being released yesterday, the team have hopes that it will be available for sale in 2020 for the public to try for themselves.
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