Sir Alfred Stephen and divorce law reform in New South Wales, 1886-1892
The laws governing marriage and divorce have always been of the utmost importance to both the Church and to the State, for the family is the foundation of morality. The Australian Colonies inherited the English marriage laws, but not, after 1856, their divorce laws. The English in turn based their laws on the Christian ideal of marriage and the canon law. Until the Middle Ages, the simple consent of both parties, without any religious ceremony, was deemed sufficient to constitute a valid...[Show more]
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