The EU Regulations on Matrimonial Property and Property of Registered Partnerships

This volume contributes to the literature on private international family law in Europe through the examination of two recent EU instruments: the Matrimonial Property Regulation and the Regulation on the Property Consequences of Registered Partnerships. The book presents the two regulations in a clear and comprehensive manner and analyses their implications for EU family law going forward.
Lucia Ruggeri, Agne Limante, Neža Pogorelcnik Vogrinc
book | forthcoming | 1st edition
February 2022 | xx + 356 pp.


ISBN 9781839701993

Publication date: February 25, 2022


This book will be complemented by a free, interactive version available on Intersentia Online.

As on 1 January 2020, some three percent of the population of the EU were citizens of one member state living and/or working in the territory of a member state other than that of which they are a citizen. In addition, around five percent of the resident population of the EU consisted of third country nationals. Naturally, these diasporic groups formed cross-border couples consisting of partners of different nationalities or partners of the same nationality both living in a country other than that of their origin. This reality, to be sure, raises many legal questions for the persons involved where the national family laws of several countries come into play. In an effort to bring about added legal certainty and predictability to couples in cross-border situations, the EU adopted several instruments often referred to together as ‘EU private international family law’.

This volume examines the two most recent of these: the Matrimonial Property Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/1103) and the Regulation on the Property Consequences of Registered Partnerships (Regulation (EU) 2016/1104), together referred to as the ‘Twin Regulations’. These have proved to be a crucial piece of the European family law puzzle, regulating aspects of the everyday lives of those concerned. This book presents an in-depth analysis of these instruments, revealing the substance of the provisions in the regulations and exploring their practical implications in EU family law by discussing questions that are closely related to matrimonial and partnership property regimes. The contributors also cover the relevant CJEU case law and, where available, the national case law of the EU countries. Case studies are used to interrogate the potentialities of these new instruments.

This book is a significant contribution to the literature on private international family law in general and on EU matrimonial property regimes in particular. It is addressed to legal professionals as well as academics and law students.


LUCIA RUGGERI is an author and an editor of numerous publications. She was the coordinator of the EU Project “Personalized Solution in European Family and Succession Law – PSEFS”. At the moment, she is the coordinator of the EU Project “E-training on EU Family Property Regimes – EU-FamPro”.

AGNĖ LIMANTĖ has a number of publications in the field of private international family law. She is actively engaged in international research projects. Recently, she took part in several EU co-founded projects that were designed to train judges, lawyers and social services on private international family law instruments.

NEŽA POGORELČNIK VOGRINC has published several papers in national and foreign journals, is and author of the individual chapters of ten books and a sole author of the book “Začasne odredbe v civilnih sodnih postopkih” (Provisional measures in civil court procedures). She is a researcher at the three national and three European projects in the field of civil and European law.

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