Citizen Spouse

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Citizen Spouse

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Marriage and citizenship have a complicated relationship to one another. Marriage is often the primary way in which a person can exercise and demonstrate his or her identity under law, by claiming legal benefits and by performing legal obligations. This Essay examines the history of one particularly salient example of marriage- as-citizenship—the derivative domicile rule—and uses this history to consider how the relationship between marriage and citizenship has changed and developed over time. This essay argues that derivative domicile illustrates the dangers of uncritically eliding marriage and citizenship.


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  • Abrams, Kerry. Citizen Spouse, California Law Review, vol. 101 (2013), p.407.