The following is an excerpt from “Gramatian family law explained” by Atrejik Baslyek
According to ancient Gramatian tradition women belong to their mother’s family and men to their father’s and this idea found its way to our family code. The legal consequences hereof are as follows.
- Women carry their mother’s last name, men their father’s;
- Mothers are primary responsible for raising their daughters, fathers for raising their sons;
- A woman’s property is inherited by her daughters, a man’s property by his sons.
A woman could claim her father’s last name, if she would desire, but in that case she would have to get a writ of assesion – to be issued by the emperor’s courts. The same hold for a man claiming his mother’s name. Once granted a writ of assesion would transfer one from the family of one parent to the other and would also affect to rights to inheritance.
A writ of assesion can only be issued to a particular person once in his or her life time and is irreversible in all circumstances.
Subsequent amendments to the family code have made the rules of inheritance quite complicated. Here we will give a basic impression of inheritance in Gramatian law.
If a man dies his sons will inherited his property. However if he dies without sons but with daughters they will inherit his property – in the old days his property would go to his father’s male relatives. Similarly a woman’s property is inherited by her sons in the absence of daughters.
A woman or man could assign her or his property to her sons or his daughters by issuing a written statement of his last will. This is a simpler action than assesion and does not change a woman’s or man’s family.
I will end this paragraph with a short note on the inheritance of the property of the Emperor. The is no such thing as “the imperial family” as the emperor is elected by the senate and all property hold by the emperor is his or her capacity as emperor is transferred to his or her successor upon his or her death, abdication or impeachment. All property hold by the emperor hold in his or her personal capacity is inherited according the provisions of the family code.