Establishing a domestic partnership – whether through marriage or otherwise – will probably be one of the most important decisions in your life. You and your partner are ready to shape your future together. The law primarily offers marriage as a legal framework for your life as a couple. Same-sex partners can opt for a registered civil union. In addition, there is a growing number of so-called non-marital partnerships.
Any form of cohabitation raises a number of questions that should be considered, such as:
- What happens to the individual and joint assets of both parties?
- Should assets (e.g., real property) be acquired jointly or individually, and what are the tax consequences?
- Am I liable for my partner’s debts?
- Am I covered in my old age?
- Am I entitled to payments in the event of illness or disability or do I have to expect claims from my partner?
- What are my rights and obligations with regard to joint children?
- What happens in the event of a separation?
- What are my rights in case my partner dies?
- What rules apply to an “international marriage”?
The answers to these questions will vary greatly depending on whether the partners live together in marriage or in a civil or non-marital union. However, the law allows for individual covenants to be agreed, so that parties are free to choose the most appropriate arrangement.
This requires a very profound knowledge of the law. As an impartial advisor, the notary is able to convey this knowledge and present a reasonable and balanced agreement. The notary assists the partners in finding a legal framework that fits their personal living situation.
Last but not least, the notary is also the right person to contact in questions concerning the relationship between parents and children, including adoption.