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14 May 2024

A public lecture on the topic "Family law challenges of the time" will be presented by Assoc. Prof. Maria P. Petrova, PhD - head of the Dpartment of Civil Law Sciences at the Faculty of Law of Varna Free University. The event will be held on 16 May 2024 at 12:00 in the Prof. Tamara Hinova Academic Courtroom (room 408).

In her public lecture, Assoc.Prof. Maria P. Petrova, PhD will present the development of family law through the prism of the latest legislative authorizations of traditional hypotheses, as well as the trends for the development of family law in Bulgaria.

Family law is facing a number of challenges of the time: the changed model of the family and the relationships within it, including its existence in and out of marriage, the convergence of Bulgarian legislation with the legislation of the European Union, the emergence of more and more specific hypotheses in family law relations - all this gives rise to the need for adequate legislative changes in the national legislation of Bulgaria. The main changes in the Family Code from 2020 and from 2023 impose new rules, hitherto unknown in our domestic legislation, and these, together with the new judicial practice, cause interest from both a theoretical and a practical point of view.

Assoc. Prof. Maria P. Petrova, PhD was born in Varna. She graduated in Russian Philology from Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski", Faculty of Slavic Philology in 1990 and Law at Varna Free University "Chernorizets Hrabar" in 1997.

In 1997, she was appointed as a part-time lecturer, and after winning competitions, since 2001 she successively has held the positions of "assistant", "senior assistant" and "principal assistant". From 2015 to 2023, she was also a Work with Students secretary at the rector's office.
Since the beginning of 2024, she has held the position of "associate professor".

She is currently the head of the Department of Civil Sciences at the University's Faculty of Law. She has been the head of the Legal Clinic at the Faculty of Law since 2013.

Maria P. Petrova's scientific interests are in the field of civil law sciences, and more specifically in the field of family law.

In 2020, she defended her doctoral thesis on "Special Methods for Establishing and Disputing Paternal Descent", which was published as a book with the title "Paternity - Traditions and Reality: Special Methods for Establishing and Disputing Paternal Descent" ("Siela", 2023). Her habilitation thesis is on "The family legal situation of minors and minor parents" ("Siela", 2023).

She has participated in numerous scientific forums, including national and international conferences, congresses, round table discussions, etc. She is the author of a number of scientific publications in the field of law in the country and abroad, as well as other scientific publications, including four poetry books; a translator of fiction, including the novel "Male Female Novel" (translated from Russian, 2023).

She has been a practicing lawyer since 1998, registered in the Varna Bar Association and in the National Register of Lawyers in the Republic of Bulgaria.

She has been a member of the Union of Scientists in Bulgaria, Varna branch since 2003.

She has been a member of the Writers' Association - Varna since 1993.