Partnership Law

In the non conjugal partnership, there are many legal problems to be considered:
What happens, when I get old or invalid? What, if my partner dies? Which legal powers have to be provided to a partner so he can represent the other one if needed? Do I have to witness against my partner in a court trial? We assist you to conclude a partnership contract, to draft a patient order, a will or a legal power.

The Federal Registered Partnerships Act Law enables homosexual couples to formalise their relationship in law. Consult us for an agreement that can be notarized in our office.

"Registered partnerships form the basis of a life partnership with mutual rights and obligations. The two partners must support and respect each other, and must work together to maintain their household. Registering a partnership does not affect the partners' legal surnames. As an expression of solidarity, the couple may use a joint surname in their everyday lives, i.e. they may choose to hyphenate their two surnames. This is not an official name that is entered in the register of births, marriages and deaths, however. Similarly, the partners retain the citizenships attached to their municipalities and cantons of origin even after their partnership has been registered. The partner of a Swiss citizen is also entitled to a residence permit from the Swiss immigration authorities. In some key areas, such as inheritance, social insurance and occupational pension schemes, homosexual couples living in registered partnerships have the same rights and obligations as heterosexual married couples. Unless otherwise agreed, however, each partner retains the right of disposal over their own assets. Homosexual couples are not permitted to adopt children, nor may they benefit from medically assisted reproduction technologies, such as IVF. "

Franciska Hildebrand

Specialist SAV Family Law
Mediation SAV
Collaborative Practice clp-schweiz

Regula Schmid

LL.M. Specialist Social Insurance
Mediation SAV
Collaborative Practice clp-schweiz

Lena Pötz

MLaw, attorney

Notary public

Registered attorneys

Bar associations of St. Gallen and Switzerland


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9004 St. Gallen

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