Bulgaria Joins EU Divorce Law Pact
Bulgaria is among a group of 14 European Union nations which opted at the end of the week to seal a divorce pact that will let couples of different European nationalities choose which divorce laws will apply.
The plan is designed to increase legal certainty over cases in which spouses from different countries divorce or enter a legal separation, a complex legal area.
The proposal allows both spouses to know in advance which law is applicable to their divorce, increasing flexibility by giving them the possibility of choosing which legal code should apply.
The countries taking part in the enhanced co-operation procedure are Spain, Italy, Hungary, Luxembourg, Austria, Romania, Slovenia, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Belgium, Latvia, Malta and Portugal.
There were more than 1 million divorces in the 27 EU countries in 2007, 140,000 of which had an international dimension.
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