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Alimony for Common Law Marriage??

Does anyone know if Switzerland recognizes "common law" marriage? My partner and I of 14 years are on the brink of separation. I am absolutely against this separation, but he is not currently willing to work on our relationship.

If we split, would I have any right to alimony?

My partner is the breadwinner and makes a good salary whereas my current part-time work wouldn't cover cost of living expenses. We came to Ticino because of my partner's job, and the canton recognized our union enough to allow me into the country with a B permit. (My partner had to declare in writing that he would support me financially for the duration of my stay in Switzerland.) I'm hoping the canton will recognize our union enough now to protect me financially. Any thoughts?

Also, would the written declaration my partner submitted to the canton legally require him to support me in some way??

I care tremendously for my partner, and I'm not out to get him financially. I just want what is fair and just.
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Old 26.09.2011, 12:27
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Re: Alimony for Common Law Marriage??

any children?
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Re: Alimony for Common Law Marriage??

We have no children.
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Old 26.09.2011, 12:47
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Re: Alimony for Common Law Marriage??

i know this is not very helpful, but get a lawyer
all kantons have chf50/hour legal advice one day a week
and don't post more details about your situation, you never know who's reading...
i hope all turns out well for you
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Does anyone know if Switzerland recognizes "common law" marriage? My partner and I of 14 years are on the brink of separation. I am absolutely against this separation, but he is not currently willing to work on our relationship.

If we split, would I have any right to alimony?

My partner is the breadwinner and makes a good salary whereas my current part-time work wouldn't cover cost of living expenses. We came to Ticino because of my partner's job, and the canton recognized our union enough to allow me into the country with a B permit. (My partner had to declare in writing that he would support me financially for the duration of my stay in Switzerland.) I'm hoping the canton will recognize our union enough now to protect me financially. Any thoughts?

Also, would the written declaration my partner submitted to the canton legally require him to support me in some way??

I care tremendously for my partner, and I'm not out to get him financially. I just want what is fair and just.
The thing is in the UK where common law exists, there is no such thing as in common law you are either married or you are not.

Generally in CH if you were married with children the husband would have to support the children, once the children were at school the wife is expected to work so payments stop fairly quickly.
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Re: Alimony for Common Law Marriage??

I am just wondering if anyone had any more or updated information about common law marriages in Switzerland. I'm in a similar situiation as the OP; common law, no children, he worked full time..while my career took a back seat. I'm more wondering about pension, and division of assets?
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Old 22.01.2014, 01:20
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Re: Alimony for Common Law Marriage??

While I've heard of it for 5+ years, I don't know if there's a law.

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Re: Alimony for Common Law Marriage??

We we're together just over 5 years..but I'm just compleatly overwhelmed. I'm back in Canada now and I keep getting different answers.
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Re: Alimony for Common Law Marriage??

I am taking a guess. Are we talking about the status we call "Konkubinat"?
There is a bit of information about it here:

https://www.ch.ch/en/cohabiting/
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