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You can search through the full text of all articles by filling in your search term(s) in the search box. If you press the ‘search’ button, search results will appear. This page contains filters, which can help you to quickly find the article you are looking for. At the moment, there are two different filters: category and year.

About Family & Law

About Family & Law
Family & Law aims to further the exchange of knowledge and debate between theory and practice in the areas of Personal Status, Family and Youth Law in Belgium and the Netherlands. The forum meets a clear academic need to disseminate legal, comparative and multidisciplinary research freely through online publications. Family & Law follows a double blind peer review procedure and is the first open access forum in the area of Family and Law in Belgium and the Netherlands, as well as the first and only joint Belgian-Dutch Family Law forum. The forum is supported by national and international research centres in Belgium and the Netherlands, as well as mutual partnerships. The editors, the Board of Advice and the permanent reviewers include leading academics from the Legal and Social Science disciplines in both countries.

Target group
The target group of Family & Law includes (Dutch and Belgian) researchers in the areas of Law and Social Science involved in Family and Youth related research and teaching, as well as practitioners (judges, advocates, notaries) who work in the area of Family and Law.

Academic quality

The academic quality of the publications will be ensured by a double blind peer review system, along with a careful selection of peers reviewers from different disciplines. This selection is performed by the editors. The forum will focus on high-quality academic national legal and comparative publications, as well as publications concerning multidisciplinary research.

Family & Law is included in the Vlaams Academisch Bibliografisch Bestand (VABB).

Authors can submit four different types of articles to the Family & Law platform:

  1. Artikel (NL)
  2. Article (ENG / FR)
  3. (Boek)bespreking (NL)
  4. (Book) Review (ENG / FR)

Notifications of legislation, case law and literature are written by the editors themselves.

Articles and (book) reviews published on the Family & Law website first undergo a double blind peer review procedure. In order to facilitate this, the editors use a double blind peer review system, Editorial Manager. It is important that the author submits their article via this website (see the tab ‘submitting an article’).

The assessment of whether a contribution qualifies for publication passes through three stages. The first assessment is performed by two of the editors. If a green light is given, the text is sent in anonymous form for assessment by two (in case of a (book) review: one) independent internal or external experts. The final decision is taken by the above mentioned editors. The author may be asked to alter the contribution before it is published on the website.