Secular Jurisdiction (1783–1850)

In contrast to the ecclesiastical consistories, which usually only regulated the secular effects of marriage during the marriage proceedings, the secular courts were also responsible for regulating the consequences of divorce. Whether and what information we do have about the property arrangements made by the divorced couples and how they regulated the custody of the children depends largely on the various divorce variants that we have described in the menu item marriage proceedings. Many of the divorce settlements reached as a requirement of the uncontested divorce contain only a sentence stating that the couple had agreed on the worldly consequences. While divorce settlements that were reached in contested divorce proceedings and court verdicts sometimes contain very detailed property law regulations and arrangements which children should stay with which parent up to which age.