“Arranged marriage”

Jurisdiction: United States United States

This is a common tradition in many cultures and is not the same as forced marriage. In an arranged marriage, families may play a role in choosing the marriage partner, but both individuals are free to choose whether or not to marry and when to get married. A forced marriage happens when families or others both arrange the marriage and deny the individuals to be married the ultimate choice of whether, when, and whom to marry.

Source: USCIS Glossary, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Jurisdiction: Australia Australia

Distinct from forced marriage, an arranged marriage is organised by the families of both spouses, but consent is still present, and the spouses have the right to accept or reject the marriage arrangement.

Source: Family, domestic and sexual violence glossary, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare