Marriage Law of the People’s Republic of China
（Adopted at the Third Session of the Fifth National People’s Congress on September 10,1980, and amended in accordance with Decision Regarding the Amendment (of Marriage Law of the People’s Republic of China) passed at 21st Session of the Standing Committee of the Ninth National People’s Congress on April 28,2001）
Chapter I General Provisions
Article 1 This Law is the Fundamental code governing marriage and family relations.
Article 2 A marriage system based on the free choice of partners, on monogamy and on equality between man and woman shall be applied.
The lawful rights and interests of women, children and old people shall be protected.
Family planning shall be practised.
Article 3 Marriage upon arbitrary decision by any third party, mercenary marriage and any other acts of interference in the freedom of marriage shall be prohibited. The exaction of money or gifts in connection with marriage shall be prohibited.
Bigamy shall be prohibited. Cohabitation of a married person with any third party shall be prohibited. Domestic violence shall be prohibited. Within the family maltreatment and desertion of one family member by another shall be prohibited.