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Different types of partnership

A couple may live in a cohabitation relationship, be married or live in a registered partnership. For example, the type of partnership may affect 

  • the distribution of assets at the end of the relationship 
  • the benefits received by the partners or spouses 
  • the adoption of a common surname.


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Information about marriage

The conclusion of a marriage affects the spouses’ rights and responsibilities in a number of ways.

Information on cohabitation

Cohabitation does not affect the rights and responsibilities of the partners in the same way as marriage.

Information about registered partnership

Many of the rights and responsibilities of persons living in a registered partnership are the same as those of married spouses.