Entertainment Love and Romance Misyar Marriage Contracts and Requirements Share PINTEREST Email Print Love and Romance Relationships Sexuality Divorce Teens LGBTQ Friendship By Sheri Stritof University of Nevada, Las Vegas Sheri Stritof has written about marriage and relationships for 20+ years. She's the co-author of The Everything Great Marriage Book. our editorial process Sheri Stritof Updated January 14, 2018 A misyar contract is a marriage contract where couples can live separately but get together regularly, often for sexual relations. During the beginning years of Islam, misyar was utilized by men who were often away from their homes and wives for long periods of time. Although allowed in Saudi Arabia and under Sunni Islam, misyar is not popular with many who see it as legal prostitution. Women lose nearly all their rights in a misyar marriage. Nearly 80% of misyar relationships end in divorce. Requirements for Authorized Misyar Marriage Consent of both partiesBlessing of the woman's guardianPresence of witnessesPresence of a state marriage official Reasons for Misyar Popularity Misyar marriages are preferred by some individuals for the following reasons. Contact between men and women who are not related is forbidden.Extramarital sex is looked upon as a grave sin.It allows a man to avoid the cost of an expensive wedding, a large dowry, and the responsibility of providing a home for his wife.A husband is not financially responsible for his wife.Commitment not necessary.It creates legal flexible sexual arrangements.