The Harmonization of Matrimonial Property Law in the United States and European Union

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

22 Pages Posted: 5 Mar 2013 Last revised: 30 Apr 2013

Margaret Ryznar

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Anna Stępień-Sporek

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

Date Written: March 5, 2013

Abstract

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.

Notes: Downloadable document is in Polish.

Keywords: family law, domestic relations, harmonization, European Union, federalism, matrimonial property law

Suggested Citation

Ryznar, Margaret and Stępień-Sporek, Anna, The Harmonization of Matrimonial Property Law in the United States and European Union (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. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2228997

Margaret Ryznar (Contact Author)

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

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Anna Stępień-Sporek

University of Gdańsk School of Law ( email )

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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

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