Journal Article

Registered partnership in the Netherlands

WM Schrama

in International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family

Volume 13, issue 3, pages 315-327
Published in print December 1999 | ISSN: 1360-9939
Published online December 1999 | e-ISSN: 1464-3707 | DOI:
Registered partnership in the Netherlands

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During the last twenty years family law has been confronted with various social developments. The growing importance of extra-marital cohabitation, the increasing number of children born out of wedlock and the demand for the equal treatment of homosexuals are part of a new social reality which cannot be ignored. These social changes have taken place in several countries, including some of the post-Communist States. One way in which the legislator has responded to these social changes is by introducing registered partnership legislation as has been done in the Netherlands.

In this article the Dutch Registered Partnership Act will be examined. The position of homosexual partners with regard to the availability of marriage and the shared custody and guardianship of children will also be considered. Thus the advantages and the disadvantages of the Dutch solution will become clear and this might be interesting from a comparative law perspective.

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Subjects: Family Law ; Marriage and the Family

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