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THE CHANGING ROLE OF PROFESSIONALS IN DIVORCE IN GERMANY

BARBARA WILLENBACHER

in International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family

Volume 10, issue 2, pages 159-176
Published in print August 1996 | ISSN: 1360-9939
Published online August 1996 | e-ISSN: 1464-3707 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/lawfam/10.2.159
THE CHANGING ROLE OF PROFESSIONALS IN DIVORCE IN GERMANY

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In consequence of unification, Germany had to confront two legal models, especially in the case of divorce. They originated in different, general conceptions of family and social policy, especially the role of and the employment status of mothers and the public care of children. These models influenced professional strategies for coping with family dissolution. Whereas the West German model reinforced social control through divorce law, the East German model was characterized by the withdrawal of law. In contrast to the general trends in family law, the German Unification Contract replaced in the former GDR region a delegalized divorce with a system of legalized divorce regulation.

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Subjects: Family Law ; Marriage and the Family

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