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14 J. Fam. L. 31 (1975-1976)
No-Fault Divorce: Born in the Soviet Union

handle is hein.journals/branlaj14 and id is 43 raw text is: NO-FAULT DIVORCE: BORN IN THE
SOVIET UNION?
Donald M. Bolas
A Survey of No-Fault Divorce Soviet Style
I.  Introduction  .................................  31
II. Soviet Family Law Background ...............      33
A .  Early  Law  ..............................  33
B. The Movement Toward Stability ..........      39
C. The 1974 Decree-The Pendulum Swings ..        42
II.  Modern    Developmens     in  Soviet Divorce
L a w   .. ............ ... .. ..... ... .. .. ........  4 5
IV. Soviet and California No-Fault Divorce Laws
C om p ared  ...................................  50
A .  Soviet  Law  ..............................  50
B. Similarities-Soviet and California ........   52
C .  D issim ilarities  ...........................  57
V .  Conclusion  ..................................  63
I. INTRODUCTION
The Soviet law of divorce has been like a ship on a
stormy sea ever since the 1917 October Revolution. Since
that time it has been battered about by the waves of revolu-
tionary principle, wartime necessity and modem practical-
ity. These factors have produced a Soviet legal domestic
relations history that is interestingly erratic but nevertheless
quite instructive in light of changes in domestic relations law
currently taking place within the United States.
The current debate in the United States is focused on
the relative merits and shortcomings of so-called no-fault
divorce legislation. The pioneer of that concept in the United
States is the State of California by virtue of its Family Law
Act of 19691 which made divorce in that state a non-
* A.B., 1964, The Citadel; J.D., 1967, Dickinson School of Law; LL.M., 1974,
George Washington University Law Center; Member, Pennsylvania, District of
Columbia and California bars. This article was the result of LL.M. Degree studies
in Soviet and Comparative Law at George Washington University Law Center.
CAL. Cv. CODE §§ 4350 et. seq. (West Supp. 1974).

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