Family/Child Law

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Family/Child Law

Family Law
Family Law  figures among the fundamental branches of law, since it concerns everybody at some stage of their lives. The primary sources of family law are the Marriage Code, the Code relating to Parents, Guardians and Children and the Inheritance Code. The Cohabitees Act and the Registered Partnership Act are also important sources. Family law has always mirror the state’s view of family life. In the past the perception of family was strongly influenced by the Church and Christian ethics. In recent years the view of family has become much more secular and liberalised.

Child Law
Child Law forms an important part of family law, focusing on the child and its legal relations. Child law thus is linked to most traditional branches of law. Besides embracing family law and other private law branches, child law covers, e.g. public-law issues concerning religion, education, welfare and healthcare as well as migration law, criminal law, international law and procedural law. Thematically, a number of problem areas can be distinguished. One of these is the question of how legal responsibility for children is to be divided between the parents, the community and the child itself. Another important issue is the interpretation and function of the child’s best interests as a legal principle, and the question of how a balance can be achieved between the child’s best interests and its wishes.



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