New Publication: The Normalization of Saudi Family Law

The Normalization of Saudi Family Law

This article examines a large set of court decisions made public recently by the Saudi government in family matters. In  2007,  the  publication  of  law  reporters  finally  allows  lawyers  and  scholars  to  examine  detailed  decisions  of disputes adjudicated in court. The full range of family law litigation is examined here in the light of court decisions: Marriage, divorce, maintenance, custody, filiation, and succession, including hereditary trusts. The overall picture is one of a functioning legal system, coherent and balanced, which begs the need for a comprehensive family code. Even  in  the  absence  of  a  code,  it  concludes,  legal norms  in  the  field  of  Saudi  family  law  are  established  and fathomable.

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