44 percent of Germans would not marry without their right to divorce

Hamburg (ots) –

Aren’t the Germans as romantic as you think? Almost every second person would not enter into the bond of marriage without knowing the possibility of a divorce in the back of their minds. The well-known Munich lawyer Irmak Sezer reveals why this is actually a good thing.

In love, engaged, married…divorced? Once you find love, you never let it go. That’s what most couples swear to each other, at least at the time of marriage. And indeed, the number of divorces in Germany has been declining since 1950. According to the Federal Statistical Office, around 143,801 divorces ended up before the judge in 2020 – that is about 40 percent of all marriages. The news from the American millionaire and CEO Brandon Wade (51), who not only waived a marriage contract at his fourth wedding in June 2022, was all the more surprising, but also his right to divorce.

Romance or frivolity? The dating portal ( recently found out how Germans feel about this gesture in a survey and spoke to lawyer Irmak Sezer about it. He not only answers legal questions in his Munich office, but also on his TikTok account @rechtsanwalt.sezer with over 100,000 followers. And unlike Brandon Wade, he shares the opinion of around 44 percent of the Germans surveyed that they do not want to give up their divorce rights despite great feelings: “I wouldn’t generally call a divorce an ‘advantage’, but to put it very bluntly, it is to her It makes sense to be able to get out of a failed marriage and the associated legal consequences without having to wait for death first,” says lawyer Irmak Sezer. “In Germany, therefore, you cannot legally waive your right to divorce. Because Article 6 paragraph 1 of the Basic Law not only grants the right to the freedom to marry, but also the right to divorce. Any contractual agreements that fundamentally rule out the possibility of divorce are not compatible with the Basic Law and are therefore legally invalid in Germany – even if the couple is in love.”

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The marriage contract for conflict prevention

There is no doubt that love is a central element when it comes to marriage. About 82 percent of survey participants said marriage was the ultimate sign of connection and trust. But does this trust last even after a possible separation? A marriage contract can provide the necessary security, which, according to Irmak Sezer, can not only significantly shorten the separation process in the event of a divorce, but also prevents disputes and conflicts – and can ultimately even save costs from lengthy negotiations.

Around half of the Germans surveyed (56 percent) agree and want their marriage to be regulated by contract. After all, the conditions of a possible separation can be agreed in a joint marriage contract when the love between the two partners is probably still the greatest.

Contractual compensation for care work

“A marriage contract offers numerous regulatory options and thus a high degree of flexibility, which is why it inevitably requires notarization,” explains Mr. Sezer. “In a marriage contract, both financial and private aspects can be regulated, which can significantly simplify a future divorce dispute. Possible financial arrangements are, for example, maintenance payments, a balanced pension scheme or separation of property instead of a community of gains. Especially when one spouse has significantly more financial resources than the other, the legal regulations often result in unilateral disadvantages. A mutually beneficial marriage contract can also be useful for couples where only one party works and the other does family care work. Incidentally, private regulations such as the desire to have children or a cheating clause are possible, but in practice they are hardly or not at all legally enforceable.”

The reasons for a divorce

With or without a marriage contract – according to the survey, every second German is so convinced of the institution of marriage and the magic of a wedding that he or she would marry more than once if it didn’t work out on the first try. However, the most common reasons given for divorce are that the partner treats the other person or the family badly (79 percent), an infidelity or an affair by the partner (71 percent), that you no longer feel close or connected to the other person (57 percent) and the feeling of not being able to develop freely (35 percent).

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