The Reform of Family Law in Europe

The Equality of the Spouses—Divorce—Illegitimate children

  • A. G. Chloros

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. K. H. Neumayer
    Pages 1-17
  3. Joseph M. Thomson
    Pages 43-74
  4. Jacques Foyer
    Pages 75-109
  5. Dieter Giesen
    Pages 111-138
  6. Alkis Argyriadis
    Pages 139-149
  7. Vito Librando
    Pages 151-182
  8. Gaston Vögel
    Pages 183-200
  9. Alfred E. von Overbeck
    Pages 283-322
  10. Tugrul Ansay
    Pages 323-338
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 339-349

About this book

Introduction

In the last few years European Family Law has undergone considerable changes. Although in the past law reform was slow, since 1969 the impetus for reform has gathered momentum. It is no exaggeration to say that the changes that have occurred in Europe in the last six or seven years have radically altered the very concept of the family in Europe. As a distinguished scholar and former editor of the Family Law volume of the International Encyclopaedia of Com­ parative Law, Professor Max Rheinstein, has put it: 'These transformations are not fully completed anywhere. They have gone farthest in the countries of highest industrialization and in those of socialist rule. But they have set in wherever industrialization has obtained a foothold. The degree of 'modernization' offamily law may indeed be used as an index of a society's degree of Westernization. 'l Yet, such is the force of traditional patterns of thought that, although we are aware of distinct changes in various legal systems, the underlying and implied assumption is that family law can still move within the traditional framework. This is not surprising for, until comparatively recently at least family law was not thought of as a suitable subject of unification. It was claimed that there is a peculiar and distinct element which derives from the mores and innermost beliefs of each people, from a sort of family Volksgeist that renders impossible the approximation or unification of family law.

Keywords

Family Law

Editors and affiliations

  • A. G. Chloros
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.University of LondonUK
  2. 2.Centre of European LawKing’s CollegeUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-4384-6
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1978
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-94-017-4386-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-4384-6
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