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“Six couples in ten don’t sign a marriage contract”

In 2015, more than six couples in 10 (63.12%) chose not to sign a marriage contract, according to an enquiry by the Federal Christian Democrat MP Sonja Becq.

Around 40,000 couples get married every year. Less than 4 in 10 (36.88%) signed a marriage contract in 2015. The MP said this is the lowest number for five years.

Couples that don’t sign a contract “are making an implicit choice”. “They are using the judicial system rules, which are the basic ones”, says De Becq. “To summarize, all assets created or gained during the marriage are considered joint. Sole assets are those owned before the marriage”.

 A 1976 law allows marriage contracts to be modified later. 22,726 contracts were modified in 2015.

(Source: Belga)