BRUSSELS: Divorce in the EU: European Union countries adopt new rules today for cross-border divorces

Filed in divorce news: New rules adopted today in Brussels brings good news for cross-border citizens who are getting divorced in the European Union member states. Now, couples can choose which country’s divorce laws will apply to their divorce. Says AFP:

Brussels, Center of EU

The new legislation will enable couples with different nationalities, those living apart in different countries, or those living together in a nation other than their home country, to decide which country’s laws apply to their divorce.
“International couples can encounter arbitrary legal problems that turn the tragedy of divorce into a financial and emotional disaster,” said EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding.
“I do not want people in the EU to be left to manage complicated international divorces alone. I want them to have clear rules.”
Currently 20 EU countries determine which country’s laws apply based on nationality and long-term residence, while seven apply their own domestic law.
The 14 countries that will apply the rules are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia and Spain.
Courts will have a common formula for deciding which country’s laws apply when couples cannot agree themselves.

As far as their divorce goes, this news means that European couples can now rest a little easier.