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Divorce on an equal footing - Commissioner Reding

Divorce on an equal footing - Commissioner Reding
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Europe’s Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Viviane Reding talked to euronews about some of the divorce proposal questions, centering on the security and flexibility being introduced for couples.

Reding said: “They will have the choice when they get married or during their marriage, to choose the court whose laws apply. If they have not done that, the courts are not going to accept that the stronger partner in the couple decides to his or her advantage, and the divorce will be handled in the couple’s country of residence.”

euronews: “Why do you say ‘the stronger partner’”?

Reding: “Because one sees, for instance, that someone who knows about the law, someone with the money to do so, will go to a country where divorce is very easy, and the spouse and children will receive notice that a divorce has taken place without them having been kept informed of it. That is to the disadvantage of the weaker ones in a marriage. Two people got married, therefore, they should be on an equal footing for divorce.”

euronews: “What happens now?”

Reding: “For the moment, we are pressing on with the ten countries who want this. Why are we doing this? It is rather unusual. Well, simply because there was a stalemate. You need unanimity in these matters and some countries were blocking things. I want to advance in the interest of European citizens, so they feel right in this big continent.”

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