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Totting up: matrimonial property in Switzerland

Julien Perrin outlines the key points of Swiss law in matrimonial property matters

7 November 2012

When married people move to Switzerland, they very often take advice from tax and immigration law specialists. However, they often fail to consider the impact that their change of residence might have on other aspects of their wealth planning, such as their matrimonial property relations.

End game

Most people tend to think that the ?rules relating to their matrimonial property relations might only be applicable in case of a divorce and are thus highly reluctant to talk of such matters between themselves.

Even if such behaviour can be understandable, despite the fact that a marriage nowadays often ends up in a divorce, it neglects the fact that – divorce or no divorce – every marriage comes to an end, and the need to liquidate the matrimonial property relations between the spouses will sooner or later materialise.

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