How are you married? I’m not talking about church...

When I ask people how they are married, they look at me perplexed. My favourite reply is still “in a church!”.

When talking about marriage, in this instance, I mean the marriage regime.

In France and many parts of the world, the legal marriage regime, or marriage contract, dictates how the estate of the couple is dealt with in death (and in life), so it becomes important for financial planning.

Marriage regimes are under the control of international law, specifically the Hague Convention. The UK did not sign this particular convention, so the British do not have marriage regimes, hence the perplexed and humorous replies to my questions.

The British do, however, have a “deemed” marriage regime and it is important to know what this is, or ...

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