Comment: Major Differences between the Revised ‘Federal’ and SNNP Regional State Family Codes

  • Nigussie Afesha



There are two sets of family codes currently applicable in Ethiopia, the Revised Family Code and the family codes of regional states. These sets are compatible on numerous issues of family matters, and are also different on few issues. This comment outlines the major differences between the RFC with that of the SNNP Regional State Family Code. This comment indicates eight areas where the two codes have differences.  The RFC has omitted the notion of betrothal whereas the SNNP regional state family law contains detail rules that govern it.  Moreover, the RFC is silent regarding marriage celebrated in the cities where the RFC is applicable (i.e. Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa) while the SNNP Regional State Family Code does not apply to marriage celebrated outside the SNNP regional state. There is also variation between the RFC and the SNNP regional state family codes concerning relations in consanguinity and affinity, assessment of compensation following dissolution of marriage, proof of marriage, conditions to claim maintenance as well as salary and pension.

Key terms

Betrothal;  Consanguinity;  Affinity;  Assessment of compensation; Proof of marriage; Maintenance;  Salary and pension





Journal Identifiers

eISSN: 2309-902X
print ISSN: 1998-9881