Been wondering for some time now.
Here's mt example, can 2 legal citizens of the same nation or country solely marry just for the benefits? Such as if both parties are US Citizens in the US and/or 2 Canadians marrying this way in Canada?
I know something like this had been Banned and clearly made illegal ONLY FOR fake marriages of conveniences or sham marriages between an "immigrant" and a "citizen" of Another country all trying to cheat the system and gain the Green Card for Residency status and Benefits, but wasn't sure if the same would have ANY Legal Ramifications or ANY penalties at all if the scenario and examples above were to happen?
In other words, it's a fake marriage jyst for the benefits, there is no love, no sex, no wedding, and no honeymoon, and both parties may not even live together or even often be able to see each other. A "marriage" that is Only treated as a short-term business contract type of scenario, and then once the contract expires, both parties move on and go their separate ways or renew their contract for the time noth parties mutually agreed to.
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Can this be done? Absolutely! Has it been done? I have no doubt that some couples have done this.
Just as there are some tax benefits of marriage, there's also the negatives when it's over. Marriage is NOT a legal binding contract in the business sense. There are legal issues that either party can carry out against the other should the split not go so nicely. And no, they don't have to follow the "agreement" when divorce comes around. They just have to follow the law. It's possible to make the other individual's life be extremely financially miserable forever. Marriage shouldn't be taken lightly by anyone, not just from a legal standpoint but especially from a relationship one as well.1