Couples in Europe - Matrimonial property regimes and registered partnerships of 33 European countries

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Knowledge of foreign law on property relations between spouses and registered partners, especially after the adoption of the two EU Regulations (2016/1103 and 2016/1104), remains of particular interest to legal practitioners (whether judges, notaries or lawyers), as they may often be called upon to deal with property matters of spouses and partners that have cross-border effects.

However, with so many international couples travelling and conducting businesses in more than one country, even citizens may be interested in learning more about the laws of other countries, in order to be informed and able to better organise the legal status of their property relationship with their spouse or partner, as well as succession issues.

The book "Couples in Europe" is a practical guide to the laws currently applicable in thirty-three European countries on matters relating to the property rights of spouses and partners, such as the conditions for the validity of marriage and registered partnership, the basic matrimonial and partnership regimes established by law in each country, and the possibilities which each national legislator has conferred with regard to the choice of a property regime different from the one in force.

This collection of reports also covers the assets that constitute the common or personal property of a couple, as well as common and personal debts. It deals with the property effects of the default legal matrimonial property regime and those of matrimonial agreements between spouses and partnership contracts between partners, as well as between the couple and third parties. It also contains information on the conditions for the transfer of property (in particular real estate) belonging to one or both partners or spouses.

Finally, this book collection explores the powers of each spouse or partner with regard to property, the conditions of validity of matrimonial and partnership contracts, the publicity of the chosen regime, the existence or absence of an inventory of property, the rules of private international law governing property relations, including the law of professio juris, and other issues.

The thirty-three countries participating in this publication are : Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia, Poland, Andorra, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom.

This edition includes reports in English or French, depending on the language choice made by the rapporteur of each country. Twenty-seven countries present their legislation in English, while six do so in French. The reports in French are accompanied by summaries in English.

This edition is the result of the collaboration of three European notarial institutions: CAE - IRENE - CNUE. 
The coordinator of the project is Marianna Papakyriakou, notary in Greece, Vice-President of the CAE.

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