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Domestic SecretsWomen and Property in Sweden, 1600-1857$
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Maria Agren

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780807833209

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807898451_agren

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The Restricted Vision of the Law

The Restricted Vision of the Law

(p.200) ((7)) The Restricted Vision of the Law
Domestic Secrets

Maria Ågren

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on a lawyer's advice to a couple in response to their query submitted to a major Swedish newspaper in 2007. The lawyer advised the couple to write a will to the effect that when they were both dead, their property would become their child's separate property. The ultimate aim of the proposed will was unmistakable: to make sure that their child's spouse would not become part owner of the property. This small and inconspicuous feature succinctly sums up some of the continuities and ruptures in the story of marital property law in Sweden. On the one hand, it shows that today, just as in the Middle Ages, legal experts take for granted that parents are hesitant about letting their property come into the hands of sons-in-law and daughters-in-law. On the other hand, the response also makes very clear that modern marital property law differs radically from the law that existed in the medieval and early modern periods.

Keywords:   marital property law, Sweden, Middle Ages, legal experts, parents

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