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Perspectives for an International Marital Contract


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; Tilburg Law School Department of Private Law and TISCO; Catholic University of Portugal (UCP) - Católica Global School of Law; Greenille Attorneys

2001

Maastricht Journal of International and Comparative Law, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 189-200, 2001

Abstract:     
In this article it is argued that an international Treaty regarding a uniform law on an international optional marital property system, should be considered. This would not be opposed to culture or tradition, because it is an optional system. It merely is an alternative that must be chosen explicitly. The possibility for couples in an international context to opt for a uniform international marital contract that is the same in all of the contracting states, would increase legal certainty for these couples. It would also contribute to the approaching of European nations and their legal systems towards each other.

There is a growing consensus on some common values in all of the European member states, regardless of cultural and historical differences in this area. They include autonomy and equality but also solidarity. In this contribution six basic features for an international marital contract are put forward. It is argued that a system of separation of assets with a participation claim regarding marital gains may create an equitable compromise between the conflicting needs for autonomy on the one hand and solidarity on the other hand.

First feature - Separation of assets as basic regime.
Second feature - Correction upon dissolution.
Third feature - Correction via contractual participation claim.
Fourth feature - Basis for participation claim = marital gains or acquêts.
Fifth feature - Management restrictions.
Sixth feature - Participation standard = equal participation with correction.

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Keywords: Marital Contract

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Verbeke, Alain Laurent P. G., Perspectives for an International Marital Contract (2001). Maastricht Journal of International and Comparative Law, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 189-200, 2001. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=697561

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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
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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
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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