Compared to modern times, marriage in Ancient Egypt was much different. Girls were often married off after they menstruated, at around age 14, but there was no age limit of how young a child can be married. Unlike today, marriages did not require a religious or legal ceremony, there were no special clothing, no rings, and no change of name.
The term wife was used to describe the girl after she physically left her father’s home and went to live with her husband. Although she leaves her father, the daughter skill kept her independence and had control of her own assets.
If one of the partners died, it was common or marry again. If the husband dies the wife gets one-third of the husband’s property.
Credit for information: http://www.library.cornell.edu/colldev/mideast/womneg.htm