Validating marriage

If you are concerned about the legality of your destination wedding that you had in a foreign country, you can breathe a bit easier. As a rule, marriages are not performed on the premises of an American embassy or consulate.

Marriages abroad are almost always performed by local (foreign) civil or religious officials.

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In the past, this has meant that the husband has the duty to provide a safe house, to pay for necessities such as food and clothing, and to live in the house.

A wife's obligation has traditionally entailed maintaining a home, living in the home, having sexual relations with her husband, and rearing the couple's children.

In highly charged moments validation can be so crucial and clarifying.

Sometimes a conflict can be averted by simply validating what your spouse has said.

When we think of what we can do to nurture our relationship, we often think of tangibles. Perhaps it was a caring teacher in grade school who seemed to know exactly the right thing to say when you were upset.