Duhaime's Law Dictionary


Marriage of Convenience Definition:

A marriage entered into not for love and mutual affection but in order to facilitate immigration.

Related Terms: Adoption of Convenience, Marriage, Predatory Marriage

In Merriman, Justice Kraus wrote:

"This marriage was a marriage of convenience in order to facilitate immigration status for the respondent who used trickery to obtain the petitioner’s consent to enter into the marriage. The respondent used the petitioner as an immigration sponsor and obtained her consent to enter into the marriage by fraud perpetrated by him. The marriage was merely a device employed by the respondent and has no connotation of a marriage contract since there was no meeting of the minds; nor was there consummation of the relationship between the parties. Under these circumstances, the marriage is void ab initio."

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