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Ongelijkheid in Huwelijks - En Samenlevingscontracten (Inequality in Marital Contracts - A Plea for Imperative Rules and Negotiated Approach) (in Dutch)


Alain Laurent P. G. Verbeke


University of Leuven, Director Rector Roger Dillemans Family Property Law Institute, Codirector Institute for Contract Law, Codirector Leuven Center for Notary Law; Harvard Law School; University of Leuven, Faculty of Psychology; Antwerp Management School; Tilburg Law School Department of Private Law and TISCO; Catholic University of Portugal (UCP) - Católica Global School of Law; Greenille Attorneys

September 29, 2009

Tijdschrift Estate Planning, pp. 98-117, 2010
Tijdschrift Conflicthantering, No. 8, pp. 21-30, 2009

Abstract:     
Despite the legal equality between husband and wife in marriage, there remains an enormous factual inequality that does not seem equitable. Many women remain in a weak financial and economical position, given the possibility in many continental jurisdictions such as Belgium, France, the Netherlands, to adopt a marital contract of strict separation of assets. The paper claims this injustice be solved exploring two tracks: externally and internally. The external track suggests intervening through legal means: an imperative system of participation in marital gains, irrespective of the marital contract. The internal solution mechanism would be to empower the weaker spouse at the very outset of the marriage: when the marital contract is negotiated. If such negotiation, so the argument goes, would effectively take place, and be conducted in a transparent manner, more equitably balanced contracts would be made. If spouses would not be able to reach agreement, then it be better that no contract nor marriage would be concluded.

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Number of Pages in PDF File: 10

Keywords: Marital contract, Separation of property, Imperative, Participation mechanism, Negotiation, Gender

JEL Classification: K10, K11, K12

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Date posted: January 31, 2011 ; Last revised: April 3, 2011

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Verbeke, Alain Laurent P. G., Ongelijkheid in Huwelijks - En Samenlevingscontracten (Inequality in Marital Contracts - A Plea for Imperative Rules and Negotiated Approach) (in Dutch) (September 29, 2009). Tijdschrift Estate Planning, pp. 98-117, 2010; Tijdschrift Conflicthantering, No. 8, pp. 21-30, 2009 . Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1751029

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Alain Laurent P. G. Verbeke (Contact Author)
University of Leuven, Director Rector Roger Dillemans Family Property Law Institute, Codirector Institute for Contract Law, Codirector Leuven Center for Notary Law ( email )
Tiensestraat 41
Leuven, 3000
Belgium
003216325203 (Phone)
003216325296 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://www.law.kuleuven.be/fvr
Harvard Law School ( email )
Cambridge, MA
United States
HOME PAGE: http://www.pon.harvard.edu/
University of Leuven, Faculty of Psychology
Van Evenstraat 2B
B-3000 Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant 3000
Belgium
HOME PAGE: http://ppw.kuleuven.be/english/wopp/leuven-center-for-collaborative-management
Antwerp Management School ( email )
Het Brantijser
Sint-Jacobsmarkt 9-13
Antwerp, 2000
Belgium
Tilburg Law School Department of Private Law and TISCO ( email )
Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands
HOME PAGE: http://www.tilburguniversity.edu/research/institutes-and-research-groups/tisco/
Catholic University of Portugal (UCP) - Católica Global School of Law
Lisboa
Portugal
HOME PAGE: http://www.fd.lisboa.ucp.pt/site/custom/template/ucptplfac.asp?sspageID=3293&lang=2
Greenille Attorneys ( email )
Boulevard de la Woluwe 2
1150 Brussels
Belgium
003227380650 (Phone)
003227380660 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://www.greenille.eu
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