Valor Maritagii Law and Legal Definition

Valor maritagii in Latin means the value of a marriage. Under ancient tenures, this was the amount that a female ward forfeited to a guardian when the guardian had offered her a marriage without disparagement, and she refused. In feudal law, the guardian in chivalry had the right of tendering to a minor ward a suitable match. If an infant ward of a guardian in chivalry refused a match tendered by the guardian, s/he forfeited the value of the marriage to the guardian; that is, so much as a jury would assess or what one would give to the guardian for such an alliance.