Assets no Longer to be Divided after Divorce
THE HAGUE, 06/11/13 - In case of divorce, ex-spouses will in future no longer divide up savings, inheritance and debts. The conservatives (VVD), Labour (PvdA) and centre-left D66 want everything built up before the marriage to remain with the original owner.
The Nederland is currently one of the few countries where people marry into commonality of goods. This means that all possessions dating from before the marriage, such as gifts or capital, are seen as joint assets. In a divorce, these are split up into two equal portions.
According to D66 MP Magda Berndsen, these rules are no longer appropriate for these times. “Today we marry later, as a result of which we have our own savings more often. People also divorce more often than in the past. You can then face unpleasant surprises.”
Couples already have the option now of getting married under marriage conditions established with the notary, under which commonality of goods does not apply. Specifically, VVD, PvdA and D66 want a reversal of the present situation: Those who do want to share everything will then have to arrange this themselves at the notary.