Family Law

Moroccan Family Law/ Personal Status Code

Moroccan Family Law promulgated on 05th, February, 2005 is considered the Personal Status Code. It deals with issues of marriage, divorce, inheritance and other family-related issues. The Moroccan Family Law was approved after thorough discussion contributed by most of the Moroccan political and right currents. This discussion resulted in high tension between Islamic and secular currents, which ended by the intervention of King Mohammed VI. The final statement of the Family Code, which is based on several principles, including equality of spouses in respect of rights and duties, restriction of minor girls' marriage, setting marriage age at 18, rendering family as an institution under the responsibility of both spouses, entitlement of the right to tutelage for women who have come of age, judiciary control of divorce and the principle of dividing earned money during the spouses being bonded by the marital bond.

On the other side, the Family Code decides that the Public Prosecution is a major party in all the issues related to putting the Code in effect. Furthermore, it set a family jurisdiction, recognized civil marriage concluded between individuals of Moroccan communities with the local authorities in the countries of residence.

In this context, the Family Code worked on providing children with the necessary protection through taking care of their social conditions upon parents' separation and providing them with the same standard of dwelling and living they used to have before their parents' divorce. Moreover, the Family Code recognized the validity of blood kinship relations for babies born during engagement.

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