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Martínez Doral, JoséM.. ""Situacionismo jurídico e indisolubilidad del matrimonio"". Persona y Derecho, 1 (1974) : 213-221.
In the creation of the divorcist menta lit y, apart from other factors of many
kinds, a special influence must be attributed to modern situation ethics and legal
With regard to the indissolubility of marriage, this phenomenon opposes itself
to the postulate that marriage ought to be, without exception, indissoluble, and
accuses this viewpoint of the mistake of all doctrinaire formalism, namely, having
to sacrifice persons to one's principIes in many individual cases.
Starting with the «nominalism of values», situation ethics develops a method
of obtaining juridical and ethical solutions in concrete cases, and refuses to
make nay positive or negative assessment a priori of divorce: only the particular
situation determines its possible justice or injustice.
In the present work the author analyses the situation method, starting from
its fundamental postulates and demonstrates their inconsistency and internal contradictions.
The indissolubility of marriage is not an externally imposed condition, almost
impossible to fulfill and therefore without meaning, but a guiding precept that
corresponds to the real nature of marriage and which as a result can be imposed
(as it ought to be) in all cultural. historie or biographica( situations.