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Divorce Law in Poland: A New Regime Needed?

International Survey of Family Law, 2013

13 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2013 Last revised: 4 Jan 2016

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: March 3, 2013

Abstract

A trend in Poland, as in other countries, is the growth in the number of divorces. Nonetheless, marriage remains a popular institution and family is one of the most important values in Polish life. These contradictory observations have provided the inspiration for this article, which analyzes whether Polish divorce law needs to be modernized. The first part will review the present Polish divorce law. The second part will analyze the disadvantages of the present law, while the third part describes its advantages. The final part will conclude that while the disadvantages of the present Polish divorce law suggests certain changes may be useful, the nature of the disadvantages also suggests that no revolution in the divorce law is necessary. Instead, the current divorce law is rather stable and relatively flexible. It also creates a high level of protection for family, although the current demographic trends in Poland may require implementation of some additional measures.

Keywords: Family law, domestic relations, divorce, divorce law, separation, Poland, divorce by mutual consent, demographics

Suggested Citation

Stępień-Sporek, Anna and Stoppa, Paweł and Ryznar, Margaret, Divorce Law in Poland: A New Regime Needed? (March 3, 2013). International Survey of Family Law, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2227772

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

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 (Contact Author)

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

530 West New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
United States

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