The China Quarterly

Research Article

Transforming Family Law in Post-Deng China: Marriage, Divorce and Reproduction*

Michael Palmer


This article considers the principal changes in family law in the People's Republic of China during the post-Deng period. The developments that have occurred during the period of review have been notable for their pace and their contribution to a growing legal sophistication in China's corpus of family law. They expand on a series of major reforms in family law documented in my earlier China Quarterly article. Overall, it is in the area of divorce that the most dramatic changes have taken place in family law over the past decade.


* I thank participants in the conference on “Developments in Chinese Law: the Past Ten Years” for their helpful comments on the draft version of this article. Responsibility for any remaining errors is mine alone.