The Harmonization of Matrimonial Property Law in the United States and European Union
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
University of Gdańsk School of Law; Stępień-Sporek, Pawelski, Stoppa Spółka Partnerska Kancelaria Radców Prawnych i Adwokatów (Law Office)
March 5, 2013
Issues in Contemporary International, European and Comparative Law, Vol. 9, pp. 35-53, 2011
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Research Paper No. 2013-09
This article considers the harmonization of matrimonial property law in the United States and the European Union. In the United States, family law is within the domain of the individual states, which have adopted different approaches to matrimonial property law. Although uniform model legislation has been proposed, federalism, or the balance of power between the states and the federal central authority, ultimately facilitates the differences among the states' approaches to this issue. In the European Union, family law is regulated on the level of individual countries as well. Nonetheless, there have been recent efforts within the European Union to achieve greater harmonization of matrimonial property law, particularly in light of the many matrimonial property regimes currently in existence. Therefore, by considering this issue in the comparative context, this article seeks to offer insights into the methods and consequences of the harmonization of matrimonial property law.
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Keywords: family law, domestic relations, harmonization, European Union, federalism, matrimonial property law
Date posted: March 5, 2013 ; Last revised: April 30, 2013