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The system of patrilineal succession and ancestral worship left no place for daughters within their natal family trees.Traditionally, brides became a part of their husband’s family and essentially cut ties with their natal families with special emphasis placed on a wife’s ability to produce a male heir.
On September 10, 1980 the Marriage Law of the People’s Republic of China was adopted as the modified law code from the 1950 Marriage Law.
The law was revised by a group that included the All-China Women’s Federation, the Supreme People’s Court, and the Supreme People’s Procuratorate, among others.
The changes introduced in the 1980 Marriage Law represent the principle transition of the traditional structure of marriage to a modern legal framework.
This freedom of choosing one's spouse was codified in the 1950 Marriage Law, which also outlawed arranged and coerced marriages.
Important changes in marriage practices came from the 19 Marriage Laws' outlawing of concubinage, child marriages, polygamy, and selling of sons and daughters into marriage or prostitution.
This ideology formed a culture of marriage that strove for the “Chinese family idea, which was to have many generations under one roof".