Ihr Notar für Familienrecht in Köln

Gerade im Bereich des Familienrechts zeigt es sich, dass fehlende Regelungen im Ernstfall verheerende und ungewollte Folgen haben können.


So unangenehm es sein mag, sich zu Beginn der Ehe mit einem Ehevertrag, also Regelungen im Falle des Scheiterns der Ehe oder in jungen Jahren mit Regelungen zur Vermögensnachfolge auseinander zu setzen: es zeigt sich immer wieder, dass durch rechtzeitige Regelungen böse Überraschungen ausbleiben.


Durch den Abschluss eines vom Notar beurkundeten Ehevertrags oder Lebenspartnerschaftsvertrags werden schon in einem frühen Stadium mögliche Konfliktpotentiale erkannt und mit Unterstützung durch Ihren Notar einer einvernehmlichen Regelung zugeführt. Ist die Ehe erst einmal gescheitert, kann man sich über diese Punkte oftmals nicht mehr einigen.

Weitere Informationen zum Familienrecht erhalten Sie unter folgenden Punkten:


Gleiches gilt für die Abfassung eines Testaments oder Erbrechts. Wie Sie vielleicht selbst schon oder im Bekanntenkreis erfahren haben, gehen alle Beteiligten, einschließlich des Erblassers, von einer bestimmten Erbfolge aus. Umso größer dann die Überraschung, wenn das Nachlassgericht zu einer abweichenden Entscheidung kommt. Durch den Abschluss eines durch den Notar beurkundetes Testaments oder eines notariellen Erbvertrags haben Sie die Sicherheit, dass Ihrem Willen bei Ihrem Tod auch entsprochen wird. Nicht zuletzt haben auch die Erben einen Vorteil. Ein durch den Notar beurkundetes Testament oder ein Erbvertrag ersparen den Erben in der Regel den Antrag auf Erteilung des Erbscheins (ein amtliches Zeugnis der Erbnachfolge), welcher oftmals mehrere Monate bis zur Erteilung bedarf.

Weitere Informationen zum Erbrecht erhalten Sie unter folgendem Link:

  • Testament und Erbvertrag
  • Erbrecht Köln


Für Ihre Fragen und Wünsche stehen wir Ihnen als Notare für Familienrecht selbstverständlich gerne jederzeit beratend zur Verfügung.


Marriage contract

Especially in the field of matrimonial law, it turns out that with the timely provisions of a marriage and/or inheritance contract, lengthy disputes can be avoided. Particularly for mixed-nationality marriages the conclusion of a marriage contract is recommended, to ensure the application of the same marital and family law in both countries. The marriage contract can be concluded before or after the marriage with your notary.


A marriage contract shall specify in particular:



The matrimonial property regime

If you do not make a marriage contract, you are married under German law in the property regime of the matrimonial community of accrued gains. This means that although each spouse has his own fortune, the asset accumulation of each spouse during the marriage will be determined separately upon termination of the marriage. The one who has accumulated more capital, will have to give half of this gain to the other spouse. Gifts and inheritances, however, will only be taken into account with regard to their appreciation during the marriage, while their substance remains irrelevant.

As an alternative to the community of accrued gains, the legislature offers the separation of property i.e. that after the termination of marriage the balancing of assets does not take place. However, this also entails a disadvantage. In case of death, the surviving spouse receives ¼ of the inheritance as a lump sum gain compensation – completely tax free!! If the property is separated, this possibility is eliminated.

Therefore, it makes sense to combine the advantages of both matrimonial property regimes. The solution is the modified community of accrued gains: the statutory matrimonial property regime remains, certain assets of groups of assets (e.g. real estate) will remain disregarded in the calculation of accrued gains if the marriage terminates in divorce. When the spouse dies, the normal legal regime applies, i.e. the surviving spouse receives ¼ of the inheritance as a tax-free lump-sum gain compensation. The matrimonial property regime of the community of accrued gains only remains important in a few exceptional cases.


The pension rights adjustment

For pension rights adjustment, the differences in pensions are canceled in the event of a divorce and each spouse receives the same pension rights during the marriage. This legislation can be restricted, suspended or extended through a marriage contract or divorce settlement. Until a few years ago, pension right adjustment were typically excluded from marriage contracts, but today this exclusion is no longer allowed without limitation in cases where one spouse suffers marriage-caused disadvantages in his or personal pension. This is often the case when one spouse gives up or restricts his profession to raise common children or cannot acquire his own pension due to age or illness. In all these cases, you can possibly no longer rely on the exclusion of pension rights adjustment.


Post marital alimony

Similar conditions apply for post marital alimony as for pension rights adjustment. The total forgoing of alimony after divorce is only allowed under very limited conditions. It is no longer possible to forgo alimony for the care of common children, age or illness without restrictions.


A checklist of information needed for the preliminary talk with your notary, can be found here.

Further information about the incurred notary fees for marriage contracts and divorce settlements can be found here.


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Divorce settlement

Divorces hurt – and cost a lot of time and money. If you can agree with your previous partner on an amicable separation, you can save a lot of time, money and trouble. By concluding a divorce settlement notarized by a notary, the basis for a cost-effective, quick and non-onerous divorce can be made. Almost all points which would be decided by a judge, can be settled amicably through a divorce settlement. A judicial decision is therefore in principle dispensable on the following points contained in a notarial divorce settlement.


To prepare a divorce settlement, you should agree on the following points:



Regulation of the gain compensation (for the statutory matrimonial property regime)

i.e. who will gain which assets, in particular real estate; will compensatory payments have to be made, and if so, by whom in with which payment terms

Therefore, it makes sense to combine the advantages of both matrimonial property regimes. The solution is the modified community of accrued gains: the statutory matrimonial property regime remains, certain assets of groups of assets (e.g. real estate) will remain disregarded in the calculation of accrued gains if the marriage terminates in divorce. When the spouse dies, the normal legal regime applies, i.e. the surviving spouse receives ¼ of the inheritance as a tax-free lump-sum gain compensation. The matrimonial property regime of the community of accrued gains only remains important in a few exceptional cases.

Regulating the post marital alimony

i.e. who will receive alimony and for how long.

Please note that the person who is not gainfully employed due to care of common children or because of age or illness, cannot forgo alimony without restrictions. Because of alimony claims, the alimony debtor must submit to immediate execution, if the court is to recognize this regulation.

Regulating the pension rights adjustment

i.e. the pension rights.

If provisions have been made, the court must review these provisions to determine whether they are right and proper. The person who was unable to receive their own pension entitlements due to care of common children, age or illness, is hereby also unable to forgo pension rights adjustment without restrictions.

Custody arrangements and visitation rights of common children

Distribution of the household


As notaries in family law, we will gladly assist you in preparing a marriage contract and/or divorce settlement during a personal appointment. The draft of the marriage contract/ divorce settlement can of course be prepared in collaboration with your lawyer.

A checklist of the information needed for a personal appointment, can be found here.

Further information about the incurred notary fees for marriage contracts and divorce settlements can be found here.


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