A comparative Study on the Engegement in Thai Law and Law of the Lao People's Democratic Republic
An engagement is the legal relationship that men and women will marry in the future, and the man will hand over or deliver property as the dowry to the woman as the evidence of engagement. However, the law does not force the man and woman to make an engagement before; hence, the man and the woman can enter into the marriage without having the engagement. According to Thai Law, the engagement shall be made when the man and the woman who are expressing their intentions to enter into the engagement contract is seventeen years of age or above. If the engagement condition is violated, it is void. In the case of minors entering in the engagement, they shall be first consented by the father and mother, guardian, or parents, as the case may be. The engagement will be voidable if it is performed without consent, and this is different from the law of Lao People's Democratic Republic as it does not determine the age of a man and a woman who are entering into the engagement, and the engagement can arise from the agreement between fathers and mothers, matchmaker of a man, and a matchmaker of a woman according to the intention of both man and woman to live together as husband and wife in the future, but they cannot marry because the marriage conditions are not fulfilled . The law determined that memorandum according to the tradition must be made. With this reason, according to the law of the Lao People's Democratic Republic, the engagement can take place even men and women are under the age of seventeen.
Keywords - Engagement, Engagement Gift, Law