Historically, European nations that border on the Mediterranean Sea have been politically and socially conservative which has meant issues such as divorce are approached from a conservative viewpoint. However, the current Greek government is moving ahead with plans to modernize their nation’s attitude toward divorce and adoptions. Justice Minister Scotiris Hatzigakis, is submitting legislation to parliament which expedites divorce and allows greater flexibility in case of adoption. Couples seeking a divorce will see their wait time reduced from four to two years. The bill urges both parents to work together on a joint custody approach, but if this is not feasible, one parent might be allowed sole custody.
The law allows a couple living together who are not married to enjoy many rights of married couples since either individual could obtain social benefits from the partner as a married couple currently are able to secure.