companionate marriagecompanionate marriage
a proposed system of trial marriage in which the couple would postpone having children and could be divorced by mutual consent, until a final decision to stay married is reached
A marriage based on the mutual consent and equality of the partners for the purpose of companionship rather than with the expectation of child-rearing or financial support.
(plural companionate marriages)
- A marriage in which the partners decide not to have children, and to reserve the right to divorce amicably with mutual consent
- (social history, anthropology) A conception of marriage where complicity, communication and support between spouses are considered important, rather than purely material questions of inheritance etc.