Legal clarity of property ownership to save international couples of 17 Member States €400 million


A bride walks on the stairs as she attends the 'Lange Nacht der Museen' at the Museem Island in Berlin, Germany, 29 August 2015 (archive)..

Adoption of a more clear legislation scheme could put end to burdensome administrative procedures and unclear legal situations for international couples of the EU

The European Commission adopted new proposals on March 2 bringing more legal clarity for international couples as the issue of property ownership has been costly and problematic in case of death or divorce, because of parallel and possibly conflicting legal frameworks between EU Member States.

As the European Council concluded on December 2015 that unanimity of a 2011 proposal was not possible, 17 Member States that wanted to take a step forward in family law requested that the European Commi...

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