Hastings International and Comparative Law Review


Beth Stephens


Nicaragua provides a useful case analysis for the response of family law to change. This Article reviews family law in effect in Nicaragua prior to the 1979 revolution. The Article then describes how the overthrow of the Somoza regime affected law and legislation in general. The most important new legislation affecting the parent-child relationship is discussed with emphasis on the 1982 law regulating family relationships and the family law provisions of the 1987 Nicaraguan Constitution. The Article analyzes the recent reforms with regards to the relevant international standards.