GID Variables: Family Code
Family Code or family law is an area of the law that deals with family-related issues and domestic relations. In many countries, the family code is primarily based on traditions and informal practices. Its scope includes, but is not limited to:
- the nature of marriage, civil unions, and domestic partnerships;
- issues arising during marriage, including spousal abuse, legitimacy, adoption, surrogacy, child abuse, and child abduction
- the termination of the relationship and ancillary matters including divorce, annulment, property settlements, alimony, and parental responsibility orders (in the United States, child custody and visitation, child support awards).
As females - both daughters and wives - in many countries are discriminated against based on the formal or informal family code, it is an important area of study for gender equality. The Gender, Institutions and Development Data Base of the OECD Development Centre features following statistics (click on the red "i" to get more information on the variables). (Back to Data and Statistics)