8 January 2020

Legislating the rights and duties of couples who have not formalised their relationship

Katharina Boele-Woelki en collega's
Members of the CEFL, with on the right side professor Katharina Boele-Woelki.

Katharina Boele-Woelki, professor of family law at Utrecht University, together with European colleagues, presented a book with guidelines for unmarried couples, living together. It is entitled: The Principles of European Family Law Regarding Property, Maintenance and Succession Rights of Couples in de facto Unions

The Commission on European Family Law, chaired by professor Boele-Woelki, consists of approximately 26 distinguished experts in the field of family and comparative law from all European Union Member States and other European countries. The main objective of the CEFL is to launch a pioneering theoretical and practical exercise in relation to the harmonization of family law in Europe. 

The Principles of European Family Law Regarding Property, Maintenance and Succession Rights of Couples in de facto Unions, is the fifth "set of principles" by the CEFL. Members Maarit Jänterä-Jareborg, Nigel Lowe, Dieter Martiny en Katharina Boele-Woelki have presented it to the Scottish Law Commission in Glasgow in October 2019. The Law Commission is working on legislating the rights and duties of couples who have not formalised their relationship

The book is available at publisher Intersentia.