Comment: Major Differences between the Revised ?Federal' and SNNP Regional State Family Codes

Author:Nigussie Afesha
Position:Nigussie Afesha, LL B, MA, Assistant Professor, College of Law and Governance, School of Law, Hawassa University. Email: nigussie.afesha12@gmail.com
Pages:410-423
SUMMARY

There are two sets of family codes currently applicable in Ethiopia, the Revised Family Code and the family codes of regional states. These sets are compatible on numerous issues of family matters, and are also different on few issues. This comment outlines the major differences between the RFC with that of the SNNP Regional State Family Code. This comment indicates eight areas where the two... (see full summary)

 
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Major Differences between the Revised
‘Federal’ and SNNP Regional State
Family Codes
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/mlr.v11i2.7
Nigussie Afesha
Abstract
There are two sets of family codes currently applicable in Ethiopia, the Revised
Family Code and the family codes of regional states. These sets are compatible
on numerous issues of family matters, and are also different on few issues. This
comment outlines the major differences between the RFC with that of the SNNP
Regional State Family Code. This comment indicates eight areas where the two
codes have differences. The RFC has omitted the notion of betrothal whereas the
SNNP regional state family law contains detail rules that govern it. Moreover,
the RFC is silent regarding marriage celebrated in the cities where the RFC is
applicable (i.e. Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa) while the SNNP Regional State
Family Code does not apply to marriage celebrated outside the SNNP regional
state. There is also variation between the RFC and the SNNP regional state
family codes concerning relations in consanguinity and affinity, assessment of
compensation following dissolution of marriage, proof of marriage, conditions to
claim maintenance as well as salary and pension.
Key terms
Betrothal · Consanguinity · Affinity · Assessment of compensation · Proof of
marriage · Maintenance · Salary and pension
Nigussie Afesha, LL B, MA, Assistant Professor, College of Law and Governance, School
of Law, Hawassa University. Email: nigussie.afesha12@gmail.com
I thank Dr. Beza Dessalegn and Mr. Bisrat Mulugeta for their comments. I am also
grateful to Dr. Elias N. Stebek for his contributions toward the improvement of the
comment.
List of acronyms:
CCI Council of Constitutional Inquiry
HoPR House of Peoples' Representatives
RFC Revised Family Code
SNNP Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples

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