Family Law on Post-Soviet European Territory: A Comparative Overview of Some Recent Trends

Olga A. Khazova


One of the immediate results of the breakdown of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the formation of independent states was significant law reform in these new states. Family law reform was a constituent part of this revision. Family law had to be adapted to the new social and economic realities, which came to these countries together with the tremendous political change. This paper focuses on the most important innovations that have been made to the family law of the post-soviet European countries Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine since 1991. It attempts to identify the common trends in development of family law on post-soviet European territory and to explain differences in the national family law of these countries with respect to the main family law institutions: marriage, extra-marital cohabitation and divorce.



Cite as: Olga A. Khazova, Family Law on Post-Soviet European Territory: A Comparative Overview of Some Recent Trends, vol 14.1 ELECTRONIC JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE LAW, (May 2010), <http://www.ejcl.org/141/art141-3.pdf>.

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