COFOLA 2021. Conference for Young Lawyers, part 2



The Commission on European Family Law is an international group of academic experts on family law. The principles aim is to help harmonize European law and to inspire national legislators to modernize their legislation. The principles try to capture the common core of individual national legislations. If some substantial question has no common core, the Commission creates a new rule, so-called “better law”. The Principles relating to couples in de facto unions deals mainly with the definition and application framework, general rights and obligations, agreements, property and debts, termination of cohabitation, death and mutual disputes. The Principles are of a recommendatory nature only. In Czech Republic the conservative approach prevailed, and de facto unions have no specific legal regulation. In the future, there can be some interesting legal constructions of rights and duties of couple in de facto union that could be an inspiration for Czech legislator. In this contribution I will choose such rights and duties according to the Principles.

Klíčová slova

De Facto Couples; Unmarried Cohabitation; Legislation; Harmonization; Family Law; European Law; Principles.


BOELE-WOELKI, K., F. FERRAND, C. GONZÁLEZ-BEILFUSS, M. JÄNTERÄ-JAREBORG, N. LOWE, D. MARTINY and V. TODOROVA. Principles of European Family Law Regarding Property, Maintenance and Succession Rights of Couples in de facto Unions. Cambridge: Intersentia, 2019.

SCHWENZER, I. H. Model family code: from a global perspective. Antwerpen: Intersentia, 2006.

Act No. 89/2012 Coll., Czech Civil Code.

Act No. 141/1961 Coll., Czech Code of Criminal Procedure.

Council Regulation (EC) No 2201/2003 of 27 November 2003.

Council Regulation (EC) No 4/2009 of 18 December 2008.

Council Regulation (EU) No 1259/2010 of 20 December 2010.

Government: Explanatory Memorandum to Act No. 89/2012 Coll., Civil Code.