Well I Never!

@WorDazza (15833)
Manchester, England
January 25, 2021 3:48pm CST
Today I learnt something new and I'm not sure I really wanted to. It sneaked up on me while I was watching a quiz show. Just thrust its way into my sitting room without so much as a by your leave. Maybe the fact itself isn't particularly bad. Maybe it's more about the way my mind just picks things up and runs with them! Apparently, in France, under certain circumstances it is perfectly legal to marry a dead person provided you can prove the deceased had intended to marry you. I can only hope that French marital law isn't the same as British marital law in that a marriage isn't considered legal until it's been consummated!
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@Fleura (29097)
• United Kingdom
25 Jan 21
I can imagine some people would go to great lengths to claim an inheritance.
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@WorDazza (15833)
• Manchester, England
25 Jan 21
Even I wouldn't go that far!! Unless it was a seven figure sum!!! The really strange thing about it is one of the stipulations is that you can't inherit from the deceased.
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@WorDazza (15833)
• Manchester, England
25 Jan 21
@Fleura Yeah, if you marry them after they die you can't inherit. Apparently it gets used to legitimise off-spring. Although if you can't inherit then I'm not sure what practical difference that actually makes.
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@WorDazza (15833)
• Manchester, England
25 Jan 21
@Fleura Possibly. But if someone didn't want their illegitimate offspring to inherit then it could be difficult to prove that they intended to marry the illegitmate offspring's mother thus meaning the marriage wouldn't be allowed.
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@jaboUK (64362)
• United Kingdom
25 Jan 21
I saw that on the Chase too - incredible.
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@jaboUK (64362)
• United Kingdom
25 Jan 21
@WorDazza I didn't get it right but i forget what the other options were now.
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@WorDazza (15833)
• Manchester, England
25 Jan 21
@jaboUK Italy was one of them. Not sure if Switzerland was the other.
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@WorDazza (15833)
• Manchester, England
25 Jan 21
The thing is, I didn't have a clue but I got it right. I just knew it would have to be France
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@marlina (154166)
• Canada
25 Jan 21
Hard to believe!
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@WorDazza (15833)
• Manchester, England
25 Jan 21
I was eating at the time. I nearly choked!
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@MALUSE (69416)
• Germany
25 Jan 21
@WorDazza @jaboUK I think marrying a deceased person may be allowed to make children who were born out of wedlock legal so that they can inherit.
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@Fleura (29097)
• United Kingdom
25 Jan 21
@WorDazza nowadays maybe, but perhaps that law dates from older times. And what if a person includes only their legitimate heirs in their will? I suspect that if an illegitimate child contested a will these days they would win, but that is quite a recent development I think.
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@WorDazza (15833)
• Manchester, England
25 Jan 21
@Fleura Originated in the 1950s purely for emotional reasons. I suspect at some point a lawyer saw the opportunity for illegitimate children to inherit.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posthumous_marriage_in_France#Inheritance
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@WorDazza (15833)
• Manchester, England
25 Jan 21
From what I've read the spouse can't inherit but it makes no mention of whether any children legitimised by the marriage can inherit. I'm surprised anyone would have to go through that sort of thing to allow their children to inherit. I'm sure, in the UK, in the absence of a will the children would automatically inherit even if they were born out of wedlock.
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@DianneN (246334)
• United States
25 Jan 21
Oh, those French!
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@WorDazza (15833)
• Manchester, England
25 Jan 21
Can't possibly comment. I would hate anything to be misconstrued as xenophobic
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@DianneN (246334)
• United States
25 Jan 21
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@JudyEv (325337)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Jan 21
The mind boggles!
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@WorDazza (15833)
• Manchester, England
26 Jan 21
Indeed. And some of the comments are making mine boggle a bit further
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@much2say (53907)
• Los Angeles, California
26 Jan 21
Wow, would anyone actually do that? I can't even imagine that honeymoon .
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@WorDazza (15833)
• Manchester, England
26 Jan 21
It wouldn't be particular lively that's for sure.
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@much2say (53907)
• Los Angeles, California
28 Jan 21
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@wolfgirl569 (94746)
• Marion, Ohio
26 Jan 21
I hope that part dont need to be done.
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@WorDazza (15833)
• Manchester, England
26 Jan 21
Might be tricky if the deceased was cremated!
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@JESSY3236 (18886)
• United States
26 Jan 21
wow.
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@WorDazza (15833)
• Manchester, England
26 Jan 21
My first reaction too.
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@Hannihar (129379)
• Israel
26 Jan 21
@WorDazza That is a very weird fact you learned.
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@WorDazza (15833)
• Manchester, England
26 Jan 21
I thought so too but it seems from the comments some people were aware of it already.
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@WorDazza (15833)
• Manchester, England
26 Jan 21
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@Hannihar (129379)
• Israel
26 Jan 21
@WorDazza That could be that they saw it somewhere else is how they knew about it before.
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