The Doctoral candidate stated that no laws prohibit such marriages; however, nationalistic sentiments within both groups discourage such marriages and partners to such a marriage would likely be stigmatized and in rare cases disowned by their families.
This information corroborated earlier information provided by the Executive Director of the Centre for the Study of Eurasian Nomads (CSEN), a non-profit organization that organizes ethnographic and archaeological expeditions to Mongolia (17 Mar. The Executive Director also emphasized the potential for variation in practice between Ulan Bator and rural areas.
Fathers in common-law relationships are held responsible for support of their children born in those relationships and women in common-law relationships will be accorded property rights by the courts.
Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Mongolia: Contemporary marriage customs, including information on customs in Ulan Bator, arranged marriages, child betrothals, common law relationships, inter-ethnic marriages between Khalkas and Kazakhs, inter-religious marriages between Muslims and Buddhists, 1 March 1999, MNG31445.E, available at: 10 November 2016] This is not a UNHCR publication.Information on contemporary marriage customs in Mongolia is scarce among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.The following information was provided by a Doctoral candidate in political science at Rutgers University, who is from Mongolia and is a former board member of Women for Social Progress in Ulan Bator, in a telephone interview with the Research Directorate (26 Mar. The Doctoral candidate emphasized the possibility for variation in marriage customs outside Ulan Bator, particularly with respect to the persistence or re-emergence of traditional practices.
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