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The Rules on the Administration of Community Property in Poland

International Survey of Family Law, 2012

Posted: 6 Feb 2012 Last revised: 5 Mar 2013

Anna Stępień-Sporek

University of Gdańsk School of Law; Stępień-Sporek, Pawelski, Stoppa Spółka Partnerska Kancelaria Radców Prawnych i Adwokatów (Law Office)

Paweł Stoppa

Stępień-Sporek, Pawelski, Stoppa Spółka Partnerska Kancelaria Radców Prawnych i Adwokatów (Law Firm)

Margaret Ryznar

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Date Written: February 2, 2012

Abstract

The Polish rules on the administration of marital common property underwent significant changes in 2005. Previous regulations, having their roots in the pre-1989 communist regime of Poland, appeared insufficient for the current capitalist economy and today’s dynamically developing society. The previous management of common property, based on the unclear dichotomy between ordinary and extraordinary actions, created practical judicial problems and undermined the stability of legal relationships established without the consent of the other spouse. The new law, based on the general principle of self-management except for particularly important actions, seems preferable, although it is not completely free of shortcomings and still requires periodic review. This article describes the most notable differences between the old and new rules on the administration of common marital property, and introduces readers to the field of the administration of common property pursuant to the relevant new regulations.

Keywords: family law, domestic relations, property law, community property, community of property, marital property, common property, administration of marital property, marital property regimes, Europe, Poland

Suggested Citation

Stępień-Sporek, Anna and Stoppa, Paweł and Ryznar, Margaret, The Rules on the Administration of Community Property in Poland (February 2, 2012). International Survey of Family Law, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1998453

Anna Stępień-Sporek (Contact Author)

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

Paweł Stoppa

Stępień-Sporek, Pawelski, Stoppa Spółka Partnerska Kancelaria Radców Prawnych i Adwokatów (Law Firm) ( email )

ul. Jana Matejki 21/2
Gdańsk, 80-232
Poland
+48 58 341 14 31 (Phone)
+ 48 58 341 14 31 (Fax)

Margaret Ryznar

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law ( email )

530 West New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
United States

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