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A Tale of Two Federal Systems


Margaret Ryznar


Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Anna Stępień-Sporek


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

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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.

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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

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Date posted: June 14, 2012 ; Last revised: October 14, 2013

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Ryznar, Margaret and Stępień-Sporek, Anna, A Tale of Two Federal Systems (June 14, 2012). Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law, Vol. 21, No. 3, pp. 589-617, 2013 . Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2083994 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2083994

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Margaret Ryznar (Contact Author)
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law ( email )
530 West New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
United States

Anna Stępień-Sporek
University of Gdańsk School of Law ( email )
Jana Bażyńskiego 6
Gdańsk, 80-180
Poland
Stępień-Sporek, Pawelski, Stoppa Spółka Partnerska Kancelaria Radców Prawnych i Adwokatów (Law Office) ( email )
ul. Jana Matejki 21/2
Gdańsk, 80-232
Poland
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