A Tale of Two Federal Systems
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
University of Gdańsk School of Law; Stępień-Sporek, Pawelski, Stoppa Spółka Partnerska Kancelaria Radców Prawnych i Adwokatów (Law Office)
June 14, 2012
Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law, Vol. 21, No. 3, pp. 589-617, 2013
In the United States, the harmonization of family law is not possible under the federal system, and family laws differ based on each state’s sensibilities. However, in another system resembling federalism — the European Union — efforts to harmonize family laws among member states are aggressively being pursued, with the next milestone being the European Union Commission’s pending proposal for the harmonization of matrimonial property regimes. In fact, harmonization is the most dynamic aspect of European family law today, and this significant experiment in the harmonization of family law offers lessons into the roles of jurisdictional autonomy, cultural relativism, and legal absolutes in society, all of increasing significance in an increasingly mobile and international society. The result impacts innumerable marriages, their meaning, and their consequences.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 30
Keywords: family law, domestic relations, comparative law, international law, European Union, Europe, harmonization, matrimonial property, marital property, divorce, equitable distribution, community property, community of property, federalism, state jurisdiction, federal courts
Date posted: June 14, 2012 ; Last revised: October 14, 2013
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