The Introduction of Secular Divorce Law in Hungary, 1895-1918: Social and Legal Consequences for Women Cover Image
  • Price 1.50 €

The Introduction of Secular Divorce Law in Hungary, 1895-1918: Social and Legal Consequences for Women
The Introduction of Secular Divorce Law in Hungary, 1895-1918: Social and Legal Consequences for Women

Author(s): Eszter Cs. Herger
Subject(s): Law, Constitution, Jurisprudence
Published by: STS Science Centre Ltd
Keywords: Divorce law; judicial practice; traditional family model; marital conflict; Jewish Matrimonial Law; Protestant Matrimonial Law; canonic law; Austro-Hungarian Monarchy.

Summary/Abstract: The codification of civil law failed to materialize in the period of classical liberalism in Hungary. The legislative acts of the second part of the 19th century stuck to traditional family model, which assured the dominate role of the husband for the future, too. The first aspect I concentrated in the course of my research is: why the secularized law for married women was more favorable than the traditional divorce law of the denominations. I also examined the differences between the rules concerning men and women in the uniform divorce law and its consequences in the judicial practice. The acts of matrimonial cases, especially the reasons for a judgment gave me insight into the marital conflicts and therefore into the everyday life of the Hungarian families at the end of the 19th century. In light of these factors, I ask: what the position of the husband as head of the family effectively meant.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 138-148
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: English