Marital Regimes

Understand how pre-nuptial agreements in Luxembourg work...

When getting married in Luxembourg, the default marital regime (régime matrimonial légal) makes a distinction between property and goods acquired before the marriage and property and goods acquired following the marriage; only goods and property acquired after the marriage are communal. Pre-nuptial agreements can be drawn up by a notary (notaire) to alter this in any way.

There are basically three types of pre-nuptial agreements, however, each agreement can be personalised to suit the spouses.

  1. "Acquired" community of property (La communauté réduite aux acquêts): This is the default marriage regime and does not require a signature at a notary. However, an agreement can be drawn up to alter this agreement slightly with regards to inheritance rights
  2. Community of property (La communauté universelle): All property and goods brought to the marriage and acquired during the marriage are communal
  3. Out of community of property (La séparation des biens): All property and goods brought to the marriage and acquired during the marriage remain the property of the spouse. Likewise, debts are the responsibility of the originator of the debt

During the marriage, the pre-nuptial agreement can be changed at any time.

  • More information on marital regimes (in French)
  • For further information on marital regimes in Luxembourg, see also Notariat.lu (in French)

Further Information

  • Information on marriage in Luxembourg from GOV.UK
  • Information on marriage in Luxembourg from the US Embassy
  • Information on marriage in Luxembourg from the Irish Embassy