The concept of the company's separate legal personality obtained through the 'veil of incorporation' and the limited liability it entails are at the core of company law, enabling much of the dealings within it (e.g. through its protection for investors) (Matthews, 2013). However, piercing this veil has been subject to much controversy over its history, with many academics arguing for the need of clarification on both of its principles (Hannigan, 2013).

The legislator built Consumer Law to be the safety net of the everyday consumer in response to the booming trade and marketing industry. As President Kennedy observed in his Special Message to the Congress on Protecting the Consumer Interest in 1962, the consumer mass represents the most important economic group, but also the one whose needs are the least taken into account.

Historically, the family was viewed in the private sphere, which is compatible with the notion of private ordering, defined as the right of individuals ‘to organise their lives as they wish, free from state and court intervention’ (Cretney, 2003). This proposes that individuals are not granted unlimited freedom and simply left alone, but that ‘they should have the right to create legal obligations’ (Cretney, 2003).

This article aims to present the particularities of the divorce procedure before a notary as it is regulated by the Romanian Civil Code. In these more than three years since this procedure has been introduced in our legislation, more and more people have chosen this procedure in order to put an end to their marriage. The reasons why couples turn to a notary in order to divorce are the swiftness and the less formal character of the procedure compared to the judicial one. 

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