What kind of property arrangements are possible in marriage and registered partnerships?

You can marry or enter into a registered partnership in general community of property or under a marriage contract or partnership agreement.

Marriage or partnership in general community of property

If you marry or enter into a registered partnership in general community of property, you and your partner will share all belongings and debts.

Under certain conditions, specific property and debts are not included in the community of property, for example property that one partner bequeaths or inherits. These are that partner’s private property. A civil-law notary can tell you more about this.

Marriage contract or partnership agreement

If you wish to keep your belongings and debts separate, you can have a civil-law notary draw up a marriage contract or partnership agreement.

Any agreements you draw up with the notary will apply to the marriage contract or partnership agreement.

Marriage contract or partnership agreement in matrimonial property register

The civil-law notary will ensure that the marriage contract or partnership agreement is entered in the matrimonial property register. Once this has been done, you can look up your marriage contract or partnership agreement in the matrimonial property register (in Dutch).

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