Family Code of Algeria (Code de la famille)
Date: 11th May 2006

The Family Code governs family rights and obligations. The Code is relevant to the right to equality and non-discrimination in several ways, including:

Article  37 states that each spouse retains his or her own property, although they may combine their belongings;

Article 86 reiterates that all adults have their full civil rights as stated under Article 40 of the Civil Code;

The Algerian Family Code is in large part based on traditional Islamic law; however, it has been recently changed in several ways to put men and women on more equal footing.  For instance, Article 57 was recently amended to prohibit appeals of divorce rulings, as this was a method men were able to use to delay divorce, retain control over their wives, and make it harder for women to function independently.  

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