Family is the most basic social union that occurs as a result of getting married a man and a woman. And to understand a society, that society’s family institution must be known from past to present because family is the main structure preserves communities beliefs traditions and austoms, cultural values and transfers them to future generations. İn this study, in the middle of 17th century, generaly in Ottoman Empire, privately in Trabzon province, engagement, marriage contracts and bride wealth were interpreted in the establishment of family union and ensuring the continuation. Divorcoment records, determiniation, of alimony and appointment of guardianship records in the dissolution of family union were examined. In the establishment of family union in Ottoman Empire, whether or not marriage contracts were formal, women's rights were protected, between different belief groups had mariage contracts were researched. In the case of dissolution of the family union whether or not women had a say in divorcement; at the end of dissolution of the family union, women and children were supported financially had treated in the study. In the study, Trabzon court register with the number 1834 were utilised in the light of court record the court records containing the Ottoman court registers. It has been seen that 290 of the total 687 documents in the mentioned register contain subjects related to the family and according to these documents,Ottoman family structure in the middle of 17th century was explained.
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