Family Outside the Book on the Family
Canadian Bar Review, Vol. 88, pp. 545-78, 2009
34 Pages Posted: 5 Dec 2009 Last revised: 29 Sep 2010
Date Written: December 3, 2009
The orthodox view of the Civil Code of Québec’s book on the family as an exhaustive enumeration of legal family relations, and of the legislature as sole law reformer, requires revision. Recent cases in which orders justified by children’s best interests have acknowledged other family forms show the judges to be adapting the Civil Code’s resources to the situations before them. The creativity of some Quebec judges, balanced by the constraints perceived by common-law judges, confirms that, in family matters, the caricatures of the rule-bound civilian judge and the unconstrained common-law judge obscure more than they illuminate.
Keywords: Quebec civil law, family law, comparative family law, law reform, functional family, lesbian parents, unmarried couples, matrimonial home, family residence
JEL Classification: K30, K39
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