Termination of a marriage or civil union or cohabitation
A marriage or civil union may be terminated by way of a decision of the competent court establishing that the marriage or civil union is non-existent or invalid. In most cases, however, a marriage or civil union is terminated by divorce or dissolution, respectively, by mutual agreement or on the proposal of one of the spouses or partners.
A cohabitation or non-formal civil union is terminated without any official procedure on the basis of a decision of the partners (or one of the partners) to separate.
Upon the termination of any of the aforementioned domestic communities, the spouses or partners must deal with certain legal issues arising from the situation, i.e. reach agreement on the division of their co-owned property, on the care, upbringing and maintenance of their joint children and their contacts with their parents, on which of them should remain or become a tenant, and on the maintenance of a spouse that does not have the means of subsistence and is unemployed through no fault of their own.