Reform of EU family law

Signature of a decree of divorce. [Shutterstock]

There are more than 16 million international couples in the EU, according to the European Commission. From January 2019, their rights and obligations will be secured by a European regulation for matrimonial property regimes and the so-called “registered partnerships”.

Erasmus, the Single Market… People across Europe increasingly study, live, work and build families abroad. Until now, however, there was no EU legislation dealing with property regimes for international couples.

Eighteen EU countries have decided to take their cooperation one step further with an EU regulation that will bring certainty for married couples and registered partners to manage their assets in the event of a divorce or the death of one of the spouses.

In this special report, we analyse the main changes the legislation will bring.

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