LAW OF THAILAND
A marriage can take place only if a man and a woman have attained the full age of
seventeen years, but the court may grant an age dispensation for reasonable
who has attained the full age of seventeen but is under twenty years must
receive the consent of his or her parent or guardian in the case where
there are no parents or the parents have been deprived of parental power.(9)
Prohibited Degrees of Relationship
family law forbids marriages between close relatives such as where the
man and woman are blood relatives under the direct ascendant or descendant
line, or brother or sister of full or half blood.(10)
there is a marriage contrary to this provision, the court will decide
that the marriage is void.
law also forbids marriages between the adopter to the adopted.(11) A marriage violating to this provision will result in dissolution of the adoption.(12)
cannot take place if the man or the woman is a person of unsound mind
or a person adjudged incompetent.(13)
contrary to this provision shall be void.(14)
to October 1, 1935 polygamy freely practiced in Thailand. The old family
law classified wives into three categories, according to the way they
Glang Muang" the official wife whom a man's parents acquired
Glang Norg" the minor wife whom the man acquired by himself after
his official wife.
Glang Tasee" slave wives whom the husband bought from the parents
of the former their owners.
children from these wives were regarded as legitimate. Registration of
marriage was not required by the Law of Husband and wife.
Chulalongkorn tried to abolish the extra-territorial rights of foreign
powers by modernizing Thai laws in keeping with European standards. Monogamy
has thus been adopted into Thai family law since October 1, 1935. However,
polygamy still exists, is practiced, and is accepted(16),
although the law states:
man or a woman cannot marry each other while one of them has a spouse.(17)
of marriage is required by the present family law in order to validate
Civil and Commercial Code, Article 1448.
Civil and Commercial Code, Article 1454.
Civil and Commercial Code, Article 1450.
Civil and Commercial Code, Article 1451.
Civil and Commercial Code, Article 1598/32.
Civil and Commercial Code, Article 1449.
Civil and Commercial Code, Article 1496.
Law of Husband and Wives B.E. 1904.
Chintana Yossoonthorn, Women in Thailand, Proceedings of the Peace Corps
Conference on Women and Development Bangkok, 1979, p. 11.
Civil and Commercial Code, Article 1452.
Civil and Commercial Code, Article 1457.