On October 67, 2006, more than two dozen outstanding scholars and professionals with interests in marriage, family law, and related subjects came together at the University of Vienna in a Colloquium on Marriage in Central and Eastern Europe.
The experts gathered to consider the status and condition of marriage and of other forms of adult intimate relationships in Central and Eastern Europe. The goal was not only to get an accurate snapshot of the legal status of those relationships in that region of the world, but to begin to consider the consequences of the changes in marriage law in those countries and in the world in general.
This work contains eighteen of the Colloquium papers that focus particularly on Central and Eastern Europe. The papers reveal that there are a multitude of issues facing marriage and marital families, and the legal regulation of those critical relationships. From demography to sociology, from faith to finances, from relations to individuality, the family is of no less fundamental importance today than at any previous time in the history of humanity.
While this book and its contents can be fairly characterized as a work of comparative family law, we hope the significance and impact of the scholarship will be more of even wider appeal and value. We hope the readers of this book will learn much and be motivated to act thoughtfully and effectively to protect and maintain marriage and marital families.
We encourage scholars, professionals, lawmakers, and policy makers to put into practice the useful insights provided herein, especially regarding the singular importance to society of marriage and marital families.
We hope this book will inform and promote the adoption of legal strategies and policies that can effectively safeguard and strengthen those basic social units of society and civilization.