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Marriage and Cohabitation in the New Hungarian Civil Code—Answering the New Challenges

  • Orsolya SzeibertEmail author
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Part of the Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice book series (IUSGENT, volume 63)

Abstract

The new Hungarian Civil Code’s Fourth Book contains family law regulations. It has resulted in the HCC replacing the Hungarian Family Act. The debate on whether family law is an independent branch of the law or part of the civil law is analysed in the thesis, which brings marriage and cohabitation into focus. There are three kinds of partnerships in the Hungarian law, namely marriage, registered partnership and cohabitation; among them, marriage is by far the most prestigious institution. Family law is based traditionally on marriage and it is reflected in the new rules, as well as the detailed and deeply regulated rights and obligations of spouses, which are in the foreground. Solidarity is required from the spouses towards each other henceforward but also their autonomy is supported via marital property agreements. Just to the contrary, cohabitation has remained a contract, even after long debates. Cohabitation as a contract is not contained in the Fourth Book. Nevertheless, if cohabitants have a common child and they live together at least one year, so-called family law consequences may emerge, and these are regulated within family law. This solution endeavours to fulfil the requirement to protect of the child’s best interest. This chapter gives an introduction to the regulation of marriage and cohabitation (registered partnership is mentioned in a nutshell) and sketches the main trends in family law while analysing the shaping of the regulations in the course of the codification process. Finally, some aspects of the new rules are dealt with also in the context of the Principles of European Family Law of the CEFL (Commission on European Family Law).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Civil Law DepartmentELTE Eötvös Loránd UniversityBudapestHungary

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