Making Modern Mothers: Ethics and Family Planning in Urban Greece

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APPENDIX 2
Legislation of the Greek State Pertaining
to Gender Equality, Marriage, Family,
and Reproduction
PASOK reforms are those dated from 1982 to 1989. New Democracy Party bills are those dated prior to 1982 and between 1990 and 1993.
MARRIAGE AND FAMILY
Law 1250/82 established civil weddings as being equal to religious ones.Law 1329/83 reformed the Family Law and accommodated it by constitutional order to the equality of the sexes. It abolished
the concept of the patriarchal family and replaced it with the “family of equality”;
the institution of the dowry—both spouses are required to contribute in accordance with their ability to the needs of a family.
It ordered
that a woman keep her family name after marriage;
that those about to be married be allowed, before the wedding, to select the surname that will be given to all their children; this can be the family name of either spouse, or it can combine the two;
that eighteen be the minimum age of marriage for both sexes;
that children's upbringing and education must ensue without regard for sex;
that both spouses be entitled to file a “claim of participant” in the case of property that is obtained throughout the duration of the marriage;
that divorce by consent be institutionalized;

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