Divorce and legal separation
When a married couple decide to separate permanently, one of the spouses, or both together, will generally institute divorce proceedings.
Parental responsibility - child custody and contact rights
Parental responsibility means all rights and obligations towards a child and its assets. Although this concept varies between the Member States, it usually covers custody and visiting rights. If you are an international couple with one or more children and are now separating, you will need to agree the custody arrangements for them.
Parental child abduction
Are you an international couple with children and are now separating? You may wish to return to your home country and take your child with you. However, if you do so without the consent of the other parent or the court, you may be breaking the law.
If you wish to claim maintenance, for example by asking for a monthly payment for child support from a parent not living with the child, EU law allows you to use the courts of your home State in order to determine the obligation of the debtor to pay maintenance and set the amount of alimony. Such a judgment will be easily recognised in the other Member States of the European Union.
Property in marriage & civil partnerships
Couples who have an international dimension to their relationship needing legal information regarding their property in cases of divorce/separation or the death of one of its members
Moving/settling abroad with children
Avoid becoming an "abducting" parent by knowing how to move across borders with your children in a lawful way
Information on the Regulation No 650/2012 on Succession and the national rules on inheritance