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EU cooperation needed to address cross-border legal issues

As citizens have to deal more and more with cross-border legal issues, the EU needs to work towards ensuring better cooperation and harmonization of laws between member states. 
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Family law in the EU

Every person from birth to death enters into relationships with others. These relationships, whatever their type, need to be regulated in order to coexist well, argues Pedro Carrión García de Parada, on the occasion of the European Day of Justice.

New property rules for international couples greeted as ‘achievement’

The new regulations on property regimes for international couples were welcomed on Tuesday (23 October) by professionals and academists as a step forward that will benefit European citizens, but some questions remain ahead of their entry into force in January 2019.

Reform of EU family law

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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 so-called "registered partnerships".

Enhanced cooperation to make life easier for international couples in the EU

International couples will find it easier to break up from 2019. After years of negotiation, 18 European Union member states will introduce an EU legislation to rule the property regimes for marriages and registered partners in the Union, thanks to enhanced cooperation.

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