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Marriage, dissolution of
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1. Definition

The dissolution of marriage serves as the legal umbrella term for all ways in which a marriage may be terminated. In modern terms, one thinks first and foremost of divorce. In the early modern period, in which ecclesiastical matrimonial law remained influential, it makes sense to distinguish between Catholic, Protestant, and secular law. The starting point for the evolution of the law governing the dissoluti…

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Scholz-Löhnig, Cordula, “Marriage, dissolution of”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 18 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_018540>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801



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