What Are Typical Marriage Structures

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What Are Typical Marriage Structures? The culturally preferred marriage type today is Monogamy, or the marriage form permitting only one spouse. Almost all in the US have married monogamously since the original colonies in the 1600s. Monogamy implies a 1:1 relationship and is typically desired both by married and opposite and same-sex cohabiters. Multiple spouses at the same time has been preferred in the past by Mormons (they ceased polygamy in 1890 and Current Mormons who try to marry polygamously are excommunicated) and Mormon-splinter groups (many still polygamous today). Polygamy is a marriage form permitting more than one spouse at the same time. Polygyny is a marriage form permitting more than one wife at the same time and is the most common form of polygamy in the world’s history. Polygyny is still common and legal in many African, Middle- Eastern, and Indian nations. It was a deep part of China’s history and prior to World War II it was common for a Chinese man to have multiple wives and many children. Polyandry is a marriage form permitting more than one husband at the same time. This is
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