There was a lawyer on the course for engaged couples. He stressed the importance of knowing the legal implications of marriage. Throughout history there have always been legal implications to marriage to safeguard legal, financial and social rights and responsibilities which are separate from Church laws. The Church recognises a country’s laws but does not necessarily accept them, e.g. divorce. Pre-marriage contracts are common financial arrangements that can affect spouses in the case of death, business deals as well as divorce. In the case of marriage breakdown a legal separation is an alternative to divorce and can protect the security of the parties and of the children. Other legal aspects around marriage to be studied and related to Church teaching are laws on termination of pregnancy, traditional marriages and same-sex unions. As he said, “All of this stuff might not be relevant for you right now, but we live in a secular society and we have to be responsible citizens too.”
Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor. Romans 13:7. There is no authority except from God, and those authorities that exist have been instituted by God. CCC 1918.