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

Tijdschrift Estate Planning, pp. 98-117, 2010

Tijdschrift Conflicthantering, No. 8, pp. 21-30, 2009

10 Pages Posted: 31 Jan 2011 Last revised: 3 Apr 2011

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Alain Laurent Verbeke

KU Leuven - Faculty of Law; Harvard Law School; KU Leuven - Faculty of Psychology; Tilburg Law School; Catholic University of Portugal (UCP) - Católica Global School of Law; Greenille Private Client Team @ Deloitte Legal - Lawyers

Date Written: September 29, 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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Keywords: Marital contract, Separation of property, Imperative, Participation mechanism, Negotiation, Gender

JEL Classification: K10, K11, K12

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1751029

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