Living together in Serbia

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August 16, 2017 1 comment

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Cohabitating relationships have existed for a very long time and over time they have come to be valued differently – both legally and morally. Here in Serbia, cohabitation was given an equal footing with marriage by the Serbian Family Law Act (in Serbian Porodični Zakon) in 2005 and then by the Constitution of Republic of…

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Child protection treaties come into force in Serbia and Kyrgyzstan

November 14, 2016 0 comments

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Two international child protection treaties have come into force in Serbia and Kyrgyzstan. This month, the 1996 Child Protection Convention became binding in Serbia. Meanwhile, the rules of the 1993 Intercountry Adoption Convention were officially enacted in the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan. The full title of the 1996 treaty is the Hague Convention on Jurisdiction,…

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Property, marriage and Serbian law

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June 15, 2016 0 comments

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In a new guest post, Belgrade-based family lawyer Marija Jovanovic explains marital property law in Serbia. We’d be happy to consider the publication of legal articles by family lawyers in other countries too: drop us a line to discuss. At the beginning of marriage, people usually do not think much about such things as property…

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Is Serbia ready for surrogacy?

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August 11, 2015 5 comments

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Historically speaking, with the exception of the Middle Ages, Serbia has followed global trends in the field of law. In 1844 it became only the fourth country in Europe to formally codify its laws in the modern way, after France in 1804, Austria in 1811 and the Netherlands in 1838. The Civil Code of Serbia…

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Balkan divorce: how marriages end in Serbia

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June 16, 2015 52 comments

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Serbia is a modern country with modern attitudes but some patriarchal and traditional attitudes to marriage linger on. As you would expect, it is fully regulated by law but of course some couples choose not to marry and simply live together in a cohabiting relationship. Serbian law does not permit marriage between persons of the…

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Father in contact dispute wins costs appeal

June 12, 2015 3 comments

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A father caught up in a contact dispute has won an appeal against an order that he pay half the costs of a psychological report. The order in question was made by magistrates sitting at the Family Court in Dover last November. This stated that the father should be subject to a “full psychological assessment”…

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Serbia and adoption

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May 13, 2015 4 comments

fostering and adoption

In this special article, Serbian family lawyer Marija N Jovanovic explains the adoption process in her native country. What could be more natural and normal for a child than growing up within one’s own family? Sadly, as we all know, this is not always possible and when the problems within certain families reach a crisis…

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British consulates to stage gay marriage in 24 countries

May 6, 2015 0 comments

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Same sex couples will be able to officially marry at British consulates in 24 countries from June 3. Under the Consular Marriages and Marriages under Foreign Law Order 2014, which comes into force on that day, gay couples will be able to enter officially recognised marriages at consulates in the following countries: Albania Australia Azerbaijan…

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Gay marriage: France excludes list of 11 countries

June 30, 2013 0 comments

The French government has admitted that citizens of 11 countries are excluded from its recent gay marriage legislation. According to a memo signed by the French Justice Minister, same sex couples cannot marry if one or both partners come from Poland, Morocco, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo, Slovenia, Cambodia, Laos, Tunisia or Algeria. The…

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