VALOR MARITAGII

VALOR MARITAGII

valor maritagii (val-[schwa]r mar-[schwa]-tay-jee-I). [Latin] Hist. The value of a marriage. ? Under ancient tenures, this was the amount that a female ward forfeited to a guardian when the guardian had offered her a marriage without disparagement (inequality), and she refused. In feudal law, the guardian in chivalry had the right of tendering to a minor ward a suitable match. If the ward refused the match she had to compensate the guardian for the value of the marriage (valor maritagii).

¡ª Also termed (in the accusative) valorem maritagii; (Scots law) avail of marriage.

¡°If an infant ward of a guardian in chivalry refused a match tendered by the guardian, he or she forfeited the value of the marriage (valorem maritagii) to the guardian; that is, so much as a jury would assess, or any one would bona fide give to the guardian for such an alliance.¡± 2 Alexander M. Burrill, A Law Dictionary and Glossary 572¨C73 (2d ed. 1867).


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