Spouses with extended families will soon be able to leave everything to their children and nothing to each other, L’Echo and De Tijd reported on Friday. A quarter of Belgian households are made up of extended families. But couples that already have children from a previous marriage often avoid getting married because part of their children’s inheritance would go to their new spouse. This should no longer be a problem soon: couples will be able to leave everything to their children and nothing to each other if they want to.
This new law will also ensure that a separation won’t threaten a freelancer’s business.
This proposed bill on marital rights – put forward by Sonja Becq (CD&V), Sarah Smeyers (N-VA), Carina Van Cauter (Open Vld) and Philippe Goffin (MR) – will change a lot of things for families in this relatively common situation.
Justice Minister Koen Geens (CD&V) will present the new bill to the Minister’s Council on Friday.