The Franco-German agreement on an elective ‘community of accrued gains’ matrimonial property regime

30-11-2010

On 4 February 2010 Germany and France concluded an agreement on an elective ‘community of accrued gains’ matrimonial property regime. The ratification of this agreement will mean that for the first time a uniform set of substantive family law provisions will enter into force in both countries. The agreement is of European significance because in the past substantive family law did not seem susceptible of harmonisation at European level, even though the growing number of family relationships with an multi-national dimension means that there is a need for greater uniformity in substantive family law.

On 4 February 2010 Germany and France concluded an agreement on an elective ‘community of accrued gains’ matrimonial property regime. The ratification of this agreement will mean that for the first time a uniform set of substantive family law provisions will enter into force in both countries. The agreement is of European significance because in the past substantive family law did not seem susceptible of harmonisation at European level, even though the growing number of family relationships with an multi-national dimension means that there is a need for greater uniformity in substantive family law.

External author

Eva Becker, Rechtsanwältin, Junggeburth & Becker Rechtsanwälte, Berlin