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Mixed marriages

Mixed marriages

Mixed marriages are increasingly common in today’s globalised world, which is mainly due to migration.

At present, we see greater interaction between different countries, races and languages, and in our society we now know and live with people of different cultures. And marriages take place within this interracial, intercultural and interfaith context. This phenomenon—referred to as mixed marriages— is governed by the legislation regarding Canon Law on Marriage.

However, the authorities responsible for processing the necessary documents prior to a mixed marriage taking place should take every precaution to prevent marriages of convenience from being entered into, in which either of the spouses-to-be may seek different purposes, such as securing the papers to legalise their status in the country. They must also ensure that the spouses do not commit the offence of bigamy, i.e., that they are not married to someone else at the time of the new marriage.

Although these unions may be seen as multiculturalism and dialogue coming together, these marriages may also bring about a series of disputes, which may be highly complex in some cases, stemming from the differences in origin, the relationships between the different families, psychological reasons or even the parental situation with regard to the children.

At Winkels Lawyers, as experts in International Family Law, we provide advice on these and other types of dispute in mixed marriages according to the Civil Code and International Provisions. In addition, we encourage our clients to formalise a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement to facilitate procedures in the event of a possible separation.