Laws of Union refer to the coupling of any two unrelated bloodlines, of different houses. If the union is within the same house are allowed at will without precedent or discrimination, however approval from the sire should be optionally attained. There are four parts to the Laws of Union: Courtship, Marriage, Communal Property, and Divorce.
LAWS OF UNION
1 ~~~ Courtship
- Thou shall not intermix or otherwise exchange the blood. Blood is to remain pure until marriage.
- Thou shall not fornicate with any other during your courtship, save for one’s own progeny by the Laws of Progeny.
- Thou shall not keep the object of your courtship within thy own domain during the courtship.
- Thou shall not parade in plain view thy affections for the object of thy courtship.
- If thy object is mortal, ’tis required that they know thy true nature prior to courtship. No falsifications of one’s own self, but only to thy object.
- If thy object is a vampire, or its likeness, and has a living sire, thy must seek the expressed permission of said sire in writing. Stamped with the blood of the sire.
- If thy object is a mortal, thy must seek the expressed permission of thy object’s patrenage in writing. Notorized by local government.
- Thou shall come to an agreed upon dowry to be paid to the sire or father of the famale courtier with a promise to marry within an agreed upon timeline.
- If thou fails to pay the agreed upon dowry within the specified timeline to the sire or father, thou forfeits the right to claim said object.
- If forfeit, thou shall pay a reversal fee to the sire or father that is agreed upon.
- If no agreement can be made, the matter will be heard before the Order’s Council.
2 ~~~ Marriage
- A proper courtship must have been established and documented for at least 6 months prior to marital union.
- The agreed upon dowry must be paid to the sire or father of the female upon the day of marital union.
- Marital unions must be performed at the discretion of the female’s family.
- The female’s family is to incurr all the expenses of the marital union.
- Marital unions are bound by the laws of all states in where the couple resides.
- Females are to take their husband’s family name. They no longer answer to their sires or fathers, only to their husbands.
- Males are to represent the interests of their wife’s family as if their own.
- Males give up the right to sire at will, and must seek their wife’s approval to sire and vice versa.
- The family of higher station becomes the dominant family for the marital union. Those of lower status adjoined to the higher.
- The lower station family gains equal station, but remains bethroathed to that family.
- If the marital union fails, the lower station family is stripped off of their ranks.
3 ~~~ Property
- The husband’s property becomes the wife’s property and vice versa.
- No sales, to and from, are allowed without the written consent of both parties.
- There are no prenuptial agreements that superceed this law.
- If the marital union fails, property is sold in its entirety and proceeds are equally divided among both families.
- Progeny for the sake of this law is considered property.
- Progeny created prior to the marital union is returned to their original sire.
- Progeny created within the scope of the union results in the immediate releasement of the progeny, effectively freeing the progeny.
- Progeny can then choose either of the spouses to rebond to if they so wish.
4 ~~~ Divorce
- No divorce is granted to any couple or union that has been married for less than 10 Earthen years.
- Petition for Divorce must be filed with the courts and must have the approvals of the sires or fathers of each spouse, if living.
- Mortal minor children, or mix-breed children, are left in the care of their mother with the father attaining legal and lawful rights to visitation.
- A court would decide the appropriate schedule of visitation as is customary.
- If a mother is deemed to be unfit in the court of Law, or from the Order’s Council, the father would retain physical custody of minor children or mix-breed children.
- Progeny are considered property under this law.
- Physical custodian of minor children, or mix-breed children, would receive a stipend from the visiting parent monthly until said children reach maturity: age 18 for mortals.
- Amount is settled upon in a court of Law, or from the Order’s Council, based upon the earning income potential of the visiting parent.
- Remarriage to the same spouse is forbidden by the Order’s Council, although it may be allowed by local government. It would not be recognized or protected by the Order. An union that is once dissolved, is dissolved forever.
- Remarriage to a new spouse is allowed after a period of mourning: 2 Earth years.
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