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Explanatory handbook on Council Regulation (EU) 2016/1103 of 24 June 2016 implementing enhanced cooperation in the area of jurisdiction, applicable law and the recognition and enforcement of decisions in matters of matrimonial property regimes

A new European regulation was adopted on 24 June 2016 on the matrimonial property regimes of couples with a foreign element. The regulation establishes harmonised connecting factors to determine the law applicable to matrimonial property regimes in addition to the jurisdiction competent to rule on all civil law aspects of matrimonial property regimes, concerning both the everyday management of the couple’s property and the liquidation of the matrimonial property. The regulation simplifies the recognition and enforcement of judgments and the acceptance and enforcement of authentic instruments linked to matrimonial property regimes. This handbook aims to present to you the main features of this regulation and familiarise you with how to deal with a matrimonial property regime with a foreign element.