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Religious Studies

Sikhism: marriage and divorce

Divorce, remarriage and cohabitation

Sikhs couples are expected to remain faithful and avoid adultery [Adultery: Sexual intercourse between a married person and another person who is not their spouse. ] because marriage is important to strengthen family life and raise children. Cohabitation [Cohabitation: Living together without being married. ] is not allowed in Sikhism.

Sikhs hope that couples will stay together for life but they accept that divorce is sometimes inevitable. A marriage is a commitment made in front of Waheguru [Waheguru: A Punjabi term used in Sikhism to refer to God. ] and cannot easily be broken. However if there is a problem with the relationship the community will try to help resolve the situation. If one of the couple refuses to try to heal the marriage the other partner asks the community for permission to divorce and remarry.

Widows and widowers are allowed to remarry in a gurdwara [Gurdwara: Sikh place of worship. Literally, the 'doorway to the Guru'. ].

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