Untying the Knot: An Analysis of the English Divorce and Matrimonial Causes Court Records, 1858-1866
109 Pages Posted: 31 May 2010
Date Written: May 2004
This article is a detailed analysis of nearly 10 years of records from the 1858 Divorce and Matrimonial Causes Court in England, the first unified family law court in the common law system. It contains a detailed analysis of the cases filed by nearly 2500 petitioners along a variety of axes, cause of action, grounds for divorce, success of divorce, child custody petitions, alimony petitions, property orders to name a few.
Keywords: Legal History, Family Law, Child Custody, Divorce, Coverture, Feminist Legal History, Gender and the Law
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