Duplex Valor Maritagii Law and Legal Definition

Duplex valor maritagii is a Latin word meaning “double the value of a marriage.” This refers to a ward's forfeiture of double the value of a marriage made without the guardian's consent. In other words, the guardian had the power of tendering a minor ward a suitable match, without disparagement, or inequality. And, if the infant refused, s/he had to forfeit the value of the marriage to the guardian so much as a jury would assess, or any one would bona fide give to the guardian for such an alliance. If however, the infants married themselves without the guardian's consent, they forfeited double the value, that is, duplicem valorem maritagii.