Untying the Knot: An Analysis of the English Divorce and Matrimonial Causes Court Records, 1858-1866

109 Pages Posted: 31 May 2010  

Danaya C. Wright

University of Florida Levin College of Law

Date Written: May 2004

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Wright, Danaya C., Untying the Knot: An Analysis of the English Divorce and Matrimonial Causes Court Records, 1858-1866 (May 2004). University of Richmond Law Review, Vol. 38, No. 4, 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1618595 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1618595

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