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.