Introduction The cultural constraints argument, convergence, and harmonisation: the theoretical aspects Historical precursors of the medieval uniform family law Formation of the medieval canon ius commune of family law Matrimonial property law in the high middle ages: beyond the canon law unification Medieval canon ius commune of family law: continuance and radical change The medieval ius commune of family law and the current harmonisation debate Development of family law in the time of the Protestant Reformation The Enlightenment: the cradle of the modern ideas on marriage and the family The nineteenth century: family law in the middle of the conservative-progressive discord The twentieth century until the sixties The background of the reforms 'Death of marriage' or search for a new concept of marriage? Divorce: has the no-fault revolution brought convergence closer? Non-marital cohabitation: from outlaw to functional alternative for marriage Illegitimate children: from discrimination to equality; an example of successful harmonisation Matrimonial property law.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references and bibliography (pages 517-560).