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International Survey of Family Law: 2017 Edition, The

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Published on behalf of the International Society of Family Law

The International Survey of Family Law is the International Society of Family Law’s annual review of developments in family law across the world.

The 2017 edition covers developments in 20 countries written by leading academics and family law experts. Each article is accompanied by a French language abstract.

The 2017 Survey contains contributions from a diverse selection of countries where there have been important developments in family law, including:

  • Pro-active Child Protection in Scotland
  • The Approach of the Netherlands and South Africa to the Issue of Surrogacy
  • Cohabitation in China
  • Marital Property Regimes in Albania
  • Marriage by Foreign Nationals to Mauritian Citizens
  • Adoption Law Reform in South Korea


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  • Preface
  • Albania: Marital Property Regimes in Albania - Dr Ledina Mandia
  • Australia: The Problem with Child Support Reform in Australia: Departure Applications – A Case in Point - Lisa Young
  • Canada: Protecting Children in Canada - Martha Bailey
  • China: Cohabitation in China: Legislation and Practice - Chen Wei, Shi Lei
  • England and Wales: Mental Incapacity and Personal Relationships – Wrapping in Forensic Cotton Wool or Respecting the Autonomy of the Individual - Mary Welstead
  • France: A Chronicle of French Family Law - A chronicle collectively written by the academic staff, PhD holders and PhD candidates at the Centre for Family Law at Jean Moulin University Lyon 
  • Germany: Registration of intersex persons, medically assisted reproduction and other matters under consideration - 
  • Nina Dethloff, Susanne L Gössl and Stefanie Sucker
  • India: To Return or Not to Return: Hague Convention v Non-Convention Countries - Anil Malhotra and Ranjit Malhotra
  • Ireland: Domestic Violence Law in Ireland - Dr Louise Crowley
  • Italy: Family Relationships in Italy after the 2016 Reform: the New
  • Provisions on Civil Unions and Cohabitation 1- Isabella Ferrari
  • Korea: Adoption Law Reform, ‘Baby Box’ and the Anonymous Birth Debate in South Korea - Lee, Dongjin
  • Mauritius: Marriage by Foreign Nationals to Mauritian citizens: A Comment on Section 19A of the Civil Status Act of 1981 -
  • Jamil Ddamulira Mujuzi
  • Netherlands and South Africa: Visions on Surrogacy – From North to South: the approach of the Netherlands and South Africa to the Issue of Surrogacy and the Child’s Right to Know his Origin 2-
  • Simona Florescu and Julia Sloth-Nielsen
  • New Zealand: Protecting Vulnerable Children in New Zealand -
  • Professor Mark Henaghan
  • Portugal: The Dawn of a Brave New World in Portugal? A Critical Overview of the New Legal Framework Applicable to Medically-assisted
  • Procreation - Rute Teixeira Pedro
  • Puerto Rico: A Shadow Threatens the Future of the Family in Puerto Rico - Pedro F Silva-Ruiz
  • Scotland: Proactive Child Protection: A Step Too Far? - Elaine E Sutherland
  • Serbia: (Non) Application of the Principle of Equality in Serbian Inheritance Law - Melanija Jancˇic
  • South Africa: Implications of the Official Designation of Muslim Clergy as Authorised Civil Marriage Officers for Muslim Polygynous, Interfaith and Same-Sex Marriages in South Africa - Najma Moosa and Muneer Abduroaf
  • United States: Developments in Family Law in the USA in 2016 - Lynn D Wardle
This year’s ISFL World Congress in Amsterdam has as its theme ‘family law and family realities’ asking whether existing national family laws adequately reflect the rapidly changing realities of family life. The theme is particularly appropriate because throughout the world, family law is in a state of flux. The exact nature of the topical issues varies because of different histories, cultures, values, and religions and the nature of social change. While the law relating to de facto relationships may be significant in some places (as it seems to be in Switzerland), other issues are more important elsewhere. One of the great benefits of this annual survey of family law is the opportunity to see the panorama of challenges across the globe.

In this year’s edition with its 20 chapters, unsurprisingly we find a wide range of topics: adoption, assisted reproduction and ‘baby boxes’, abortion, child protection and maintenance, children’s rights, affiliation and illegitimacy, child marriage, child support, co-motherhood, international child abduction (and jurisdiction), marriage in a pluralistic society, marriage equality, polygamy, divorce, spousal maintenance, marital property, domestic violence, and succession law.

My thanks to Dominique Goubau and Christine Bidaud-Garon who have been responsible for producing the French résumés at the beginning of each chapter.

LexisNexis and its editor Cheryl Prophett continue to do a remarkable job for
the International Society.

For those desiring to learn more about the Society, its goals and history, or how
to join the Society, the place to look is the ISFL website, www.isflhome.org.

Margaret Brinig
South Bend, Indiana
July 2017

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