The Algerian family code is a set of laws and regulations that relate to divorce, marriage and the custody of Algerian children. This code is a controversial issue as many state it does not afford women the same rights as men in divorce proceedings. However there are also many people who are in favor of keeping the current family code as is.
In Algeria polygamy is legal. Due to this a man in Algeria may marry up to four wives. He must also treat them equally and ask their permission to add other wives into the marriage. If he does not do so a current wife may demand a divorce.
In Algeria a husband may divorce his wife for any reason that he pleases. Women cannot divorce their husbands unless he has violated one of a number of requirements. These requirements include issues such as bringing shame on the family or not being sexually active for four months or longer.
If a wife is granted a divorce for any one of these reasons the husband may be required to provide for his newly divorced wife. This will only apply if she has no other family to go to. However if the wife has been divorced previously or is guilty of immorality he does not have to pay her any funds.
Once the wife has obtained a divorce she will have to pay reparations. As dowry is still commonplace in Algeria she will not pay reparations that exceed the value of the dowry.
Divorce issues are a tricky proceeding in Algeria as the law surrounding it is not cut and dry. Issues of morality heavily influence whether the divorce is granted and what reparations must be made. The Algerian court system tends to favor the father in custody hearings for children.