Getting a divorce will have a significant impact on the property acquired by you and your spouse while you were married. Our experts can help to guide you through what can be a very trying time, and they will focus on limiting the tax consequences of the division of assets. They can also suggest measures you can take ahead of time to ensure that, in the event of divorce, the overall value of your and your spouse’s wealth won’t be reduced when the assets are divided up.
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Swiss law provides for three types of marriage arrangements: jointly acquired property – which is the most common – joint property and separate property. Each of these options has different consequences in the event of divorce. More importantly perhaps, divorced spouses will have to reassess their financial situation and build their wealth separately.
One of our clients, a business owner, was in the process of getting a divorce. Thanks to our specialists, he was able to maintain control over his company. He structured the company’s capital in such a way that he could hold onto the majority of voting rights and still manage the company. His ex-wife was compensated with a stake in the company on favourable terms. We can help you to make the most of difficult situations.
Who owns what
It’s always a good idea for you and your spouse to draw up an inventory of your property, including when each item was purchased and by whom and if it was before your wedding or while you were married. If you end up getting divorced, this will make it much easier to divide up your assets.
Shared pension assets
When a couple gets divorced, the pension assets that they built up during their marriage are divided equally between the spouses regardless of the marriage arrangement chosen under Swiss law.
Even in the event of divorce, a couple’s mortgage loan and other contractual agreements remain in effect. The ex-spouses remain co-pledgors or co-debtors unless and until they request a change in these contracts.
When real estate is assessed, the market value can be calculated on the basis of the property’s real value, but it can also be weighted for its earnings value.
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La dissolution du régime matrimonal affecte forcément le patrimoine des conjoints et nous essayons aussi d’anticiper ce genre d’évènements, en veillant par exemple à limiter la fiscalité induite par le partage des biens. Quand les performances des marchés sont moindres, nous continuons à exploiter toutes les opportunités que peut contenir les différents régimes de prévoyance.
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