Marriage has always been a point of reference for the natural society known as the family. According to psychologists people get married for three main reasons: 1. the need for affection and communication;2. for the need to resolve their sexual instincts;3.
as a remedy against the anguish of loneliness; Moreover, with marriage, the spouses commit themselves to a series of duties into each other like cohabitation, mutual assistance and fidelity. With marriage, the spouses become responsible for each other, generating a feeling of security and support. “The standard and consistent finding in the academic literature is that married people are, on average, happier than those who are not married (Coombs, 1991; Kim &McKenry, 2002; Waite & Gallagher,2000 in Powels 2011, p. 34), .. are healthier, both physically and psychologically, and live longer than the non-married. Spouses can offer each other emotional support and they can care for each other in times of sickness or psychological distress.
They may also provide one another with supportive social contact and companionship, which will shield them from loneliness” (Stolzenberg,2001; Waite & Gallagher, 2000 in Powels 2011, p. 34).The Islamic marriage is stipulated in the form of a legal contract between individuals and is drawn up, like any other contract, before a notary with Islamic legal functions, which verifies its validity and registers it with the relevant judicial authorities. From this contract benefit both parts; structured in a rigid and relatively refractory manner to the historical changes of modernity and globalization, the Arab family still today is organized according to a patriarchal structure in which gender roles are strongly outlined: the man have the obligation to take care of his wife and the latter have to take care of the growth of the children and of the household.
“Arab couples, in fact, do not usually enter marriage with idealistic or exaggerated romantic expectations. True, they are seeking companionship and love, but equally important, they want financial security and the social status derived from being married, and having children”(Nydell 2012, p. 68). For this reason, “Arab marriages are, on the whole, very stable and characterized by mutual respect, and having a happy family life is considered a paramount goal in the Arab society”(Nydell 2012, p. 68).