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date: 18 November 2019

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Greatly increased mobility of individuals and families has resulted in a growing number of transnational family-law disputes. These have spawned a proliferation of international legal instruments dealing with marriage, divorce, maintenance, child support, and child custody. Of necessity, lawyers and scholars now confront a wide range of questions relating to the conflicts and confluence of legal systems in family law. This article provides a brief history of comparative family law. It examines the great debates in family law, such as failed marriages and child support; downgrading marriage and upgrading cohabitation alternatives; civil marriage versus religious tradition; the state's secular interest in civil marriage; same-sex relationships; assisted reproduction; and contraception and abortion.

Keywords: marriage, civil marriage, cohabitation, social contract, motherhood, same-sex relationships, abortion

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