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Matrimonial law
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1. Definition

As a subject of private law, matrimonial law essentially comprises the three following areas: the contraction of a legally valid marriage (Marriage, contraction of), the shared life of spouses (effects of marriage, see section 5 below), and the dissolution of marriage (Marriage, dissolution of) [11. 20].

2. Jurisdiction over marriage legislation

Early modern matrimonial law was sha…

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Scholz-Löhnig, Cordula, “Matrimonial law”, 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 20 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_018557>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801

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