International Marriages

What to many starts with ‘the most beautiful day of their lives’ can prove, after a while, to become a legally indecipherable mess.

With this, the author means, a marriage entered into by two people of different nationalities. Even though it is not a pleasant thought, the day will come when the marriage will end – either because of the death of one of the spouses, or because of divorce. And then the question will arise as to which matrimonial property law applies. For this law determines what belongs to whom.

This question can also arise during a marriage. For instance; if one of the spouses has debts, it is important to know whether the other spouse can be held liable for these. And, if one of the spouses inherits something, does half of it go to the other spouse?

Yolanda Bokhorst
2015 Summer

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