Marital law regulates the personal and financial rights and obligations of spouses in relation to one another (e.g., duty of assistance, maintenance and matrimonial property law) and towards their children (parental responsibilities, custody, care, child maintenance, etc.).
Depending on the situation, it can make sense to regulate the financial situation of the spouses before or during the marriage with a prenuptial agreement or marriage contract. Regulating things in this way ensures clarity in good times and bad.
Let our lawyers advise and support you in this sensitive area.
Child law regulates the legal ties between parents and children (parental responsibilities, custody, care, child maintenance, child assets, etc.).
The well-being of the children comes first when the parents separate or divorce. Their protection must be guaranteed. This is ensured by special legal regulations. If the well-being of the child is endangered, child protection measures can be ordered by the court or the authority for the protection of children and vulnerable adults (KESB).
Our lawyers will provide you with competent support in all legal matters relating to children.
Who is allowed to stay in the marital home during the separation? Who will the children stay with during this time? How are the care rights to be arranged? How much maintenance is owed, and to whom? These questions and decisions are often associated with great uncertainty and a lot of emotions.
Having the legal situation and your own rights and obligations elucidated by our lawyers takes away the fear and creates clarity.
Our lawyers not only advise you. They will also support you in finding an amicable out-of-court solution with your spouse or will represent you in court so that the consequences of the separation can be regulated in court (separation proceedings).
There are many issues to be dealt with in a divorce. How will the parental responsibilities be shared? What will the custody arrangements look like? How much maintenance is owed? How will the marital assets be distributed (who owns what)? How will the pension fund assets be divided?
Our lawyers will advise you in the interests of amicable solutions and will represent you in court. Alternatively, they are also available to you as mediators on the route to an out-of-court solution.
The law regulates the circumstances of same-sex partnerships in a similar way to same-sex marriages. However, there are also differences.
Our lawyers will be happy to explain the details to you and will work with you to develop individual solutions for your situation.
Cohabitation is a life partnership that is not directly regulated by law. It is therefore advisable in certain situations to regulate the rights and obligations in a contract. This is even more true when children are involved.
Our lawyers will advise you competently and will develop tailor-made solutions for your individual case.
Financial support by relatives (“Verwandtenunterstützung”) is an obligation provided for by the law to provide financial support within the family. It can come into play between lineal relatives (e.g., between children and their parents) when the relatives of those in need find themselves in better than average financial circumstances. Social welfare authorities, in particular, are trying to enforce financial support by relatives in order to relieve the state welfare office.
Our lawyers will competently clarify whether you are obliged to make such financial payments to relatives, or whether it makes sense to register such a claim yourself.
If family relationships have to be regulated in a legally binding manner, proceedings before a court or the authority for the protection of children and vulnerable adults (KESB) are often necessary. In separation and divorce situations, in particular, it is also possible to negotiate a good solution out of court. If this succeeds, the legal or official proceedings can be reduced to a minimum, and sometimes even avoided altogether.
Our lawyers will represent you both in and out of court and will support you in choosing the most sensible course of action.
Mediation is an out-of-court, voluntary process for the constructive resolution or avoidance of a conflict. Those affected want to reach an amicable agreement that accords with their needs and interests with the support of a third, impartial person (mediator). Mediation is a tried-and-tested out-of-court procedure, especially in separation and divorce proceedings. This is not least due to the fact that, in contrast to court proceedings, mediation can save a lot of time, money and emotional stress.
Our lawyers are all trained mediators. They offer you both individual and co-mediation.
More than half of all marriages in Switzerland involve some international element. Such a situation exists if, for example, one spouse has foreign nationality or if foreign properties are to be taken into account as part of the division of the matrimonial property. In separation and divorce situations, sometimes complex questions arise about the jurisdiction of the courts, the applicable law or the situation under tax law. What is more, family circumstances can have an impact on the residence status of foreign spouses.
Our lawyers will provide you with comprehensive information about your legal situation in these areas of the law.