Arranged marriages

In some religious traditions marriages are arranged by the young person’s family. Parents regard it as a serious responsibility to find a suitable partner for their son or daughter.

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An arranged marriage is not the same as a forced marriage. The final choice is usually made by the young person, who is free to reject as many of the potential marriage partners as they wish until they meet someone who they are happy to marry.

Some families may come from a tradition of arranged marriages, but they now adopt a more western world way of finding a suitable partner, eg approaching a matchmaking or dating agency. This often has the full support of parents.